Saturday, 30 January 2010

'I won't do what you tell me - except I will'

Rage Against the Machine beat X Factor winner in charts: Rock band Rage Against the Machine have won the most competitive battle in years for the Christmas number one.
The band's single, Killing In The Name, sold 500,000 downloads beating X Factor winner Joe McElderry's The Climb by 50,000 copies to clinch the top spot. Their success followed a Facebook campaign designed to prevent another X Factor number one. One retailer said it was a "truly remarkable outcome - possibly the greatest chart upset ever".
- BBC, 20 December. Of course, the most ironic thing about this was choosing a song with the key line 'I won't do what you tell me', presumably intended to refer to the X Factor, but the people doing what someone else is telling them are the people buying the RATM song rather than the folk who are choosing to buy Joe McElderry's song because they like it. I don't think I heard either song.