The UK pop music charts for the much fought over “Christmas Number One” title for 2009 are revealed this evening, following one of the most publicised battles of recent years.
The UK Christmas Number One for 2009 is very close. Despite the Xmas Number 1 title being claimed by the winner of television talent search, X Factor, for each of the past four years, a concerted internet campaign, begun on social network Facebook, has seen a huge number of sales for a surprise re-entry to the UK charts: Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name”.
The Facebook campaign to push RATM to the top of the Christmas chart was set up with the prime objective of preventing this year’s X Factor winner Joe McElderry making it five in a row for Simon Cowell’s franchise.
Joe McElderry sings “The Climb” a song originally released by Miley Cyrus in 2009.
Rage Against the Machine have “Killing in the Name” – a track from 1992 which was originally created to highlight institutional racism within US police forces, but was presumably selected as an alternative to the mainstream X Factor track for its non-family friendly refrain “Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me”.
All eyes – and ears – will be tuned in for the official announcement of the UK Christmas Number 1 which will take place first this evening at around 7pm GMT on BBC Radio One.
The question is, will it be RATM or Joe McElderry who claims the 2009 crown?