Tag Archives: RATM

Rage Against The Machine win the race for the No.1 slot on the UK Christmas chart

20 Dec

Initial reports say the Rage Against The Machine song won the race by 50,000 sales for the Number One slot on the UK Christmas chart. Some commentators say the weak version of The Climb by Joe McElderry may have been HELPED by the Killing In The Name campaign.

Decline of Simon Cowell and X Factor

Decline of Simon Cowell and X Factor

One outstanding feature of the #RATM campaign was the remarkable speed of response that was possible due to social media. The combination of Facebook and Twitter, plus many blogs and websites, allowed everyone to check in and find out the details.

Quick update:

  • Rage Against The Machine campaign raised £72,000 in one week for charity
  • Killing In The Name achieved the biggest first week download sales ever
  • Killing In The Name is first ever No.1 based on download sales only
  • 900,000 Facebook supporters helped achieve 502,000 sales
  • 17 million alleged X Factor viewers slumped to 450,000 sales
  • #RATM and #ratm4xmas became trending topics on Twitter

More details at http://clik4music.com/

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Rage Against The Machine aka Rage Against the Method of X Factor

16 Dec

There are two sides to the “rage” about the X Factor competition for the Christmas Number 1 in the UK. Some people are anti-Simon Cowell it seems, but there are other issues too. Not least being the question of musical talent.

Miley Cyrus, singer of The Climb, in Elle magazine

Miley Cyrus, singer of The Climb, in Elle magazine

As seen on American Idol and now X Factor, Simon Cowell is in a deep anti-girl phase. So X Factor 2009 has been all about eliminating the girls and favouring the pretty boys. It has not mattered that the girls, especially Lucie Jones, had the best voices. Simon Cowell and his employees (sorry, the other judges) have chosen boys with little or no singing talent to get through the rounds.

The creators of the competitions against the X Factor single are talking more about music than money. Yes Simon Cowell will probably benefit whatever happens – but only in terms of money. X Factor 2009 has far greater ramifications:

  • zero musical integrity left for Simon Cowell
  • proof that Cheryl Cole is jealous of anyone with a good singing voice
  • proof that Dannii Minogue knows little about music

So if your vote is for musical talent, go buy Rage Against The Machine or one of the other suggestions for Christmas No.1. Anything but the limp and weak X Factor version of The Climb. Or you can buy the Miley Cyrus (photo) original of The Climb – a passionate and excellent vocal version of the song.