RATM Secure Xmas No. 1
2009-12-20 by gaz | 110 Comments

American rockers Rage Against the Machine have this year secured the UK Christmas number 1 with their song 'Killing in the Name,' beating the X-Factor's latest winner, Joe McElderry and his cover of Miley Cyrus' 'The Climb.'

Led by a petition on social networking site Facebook, fans of Rage Against the Machine and critics of reality show X-Factor were encouraged to buy a copy of 'Killing in the Name'. Tens of thousands downloaded the song, complete with its explicit lyrics.

The song sold an impressive 502,672 copies, comfortably beating McElderry's 450,838, to become the the first download-only single to top the British charts at Christmas.

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Skimaskcheck
December 20th 2009

2360 Comments


they did it, badass.
now i feel ashamed to have thought this wouldn't have gotten anywhere, soz Zach.

bloc
December 20th 2009

34790 Comments


IT'S JUST SHOUTING

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SeaAnemone
December 20th 2009

20049 Comments


how are grandmas gonna listen to this at lunch!?

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JacobsLadder
December 20th 2009

554 Comments


Holy shit this actually worked.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

28466 Comments


makes me smile.

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

15019 Comments


wow it worked hahahaha

EVedder27
December 20th 2009

6088 Comments


niiice

Yazz_Flute
December 20th 2009

18770 Comments


YES! lmao and i was listening to it right when I read this. Celebrating by listening to the whole album.

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

28466 Comments


what a great day for 90's rap metal, and therefore a great day for me

bloc
December 20th 2009

34790 Comments


AND IMA GET IT OUT

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

28466 Comments


WITH THA MUTHAFKN MICRAPHONE, PLUG IT IN MA SOUL

jagride
December 20th 2009

2313 Comments


It's a great day for Sony

Niceinvader
December 20th 2009

773 Comments


Cool beans

robin
Emeritus
December 20th 2009

4248 Comments


lol seems pretty irrelevent

Phantom
December 20th 2009

8930 Comments


IT'S JUST SHOUTING

this is pretty cool.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

28466 Comments


http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/radio1

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

28466 Comments


zack on the phone (right now)

just congratulated losers

KILL
December 20th 2009

71566 Comments


really didnt expect it to work

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Titan50
December 20th 2009

4588 Comments


YYYEEESSSS

PaddyPooHead
December 20th 2009

364 Comments


Best thing thats happened to British chart music in a long long time. YEAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2009

7328 Comments


good to see my 10 copies werent wasted

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

28466 Comments


^woulda still gone to charity...

DhA
December 20th 2009

421 Comments


nice to see 800,000 facebook members doing exactly what they're told

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2009

7328 Comments


^woulda still gone to charity...


haha good point, first charity single i've bought

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

28466 Comments


^could be happy about money going to charity


also they took away miley's grammy nomination!

pneumoniahawk93
December 20th 2009

275 Comments


YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This has made me so happy I could do a jig.

Darkness
December 20th 2009

67 Comments


Awesome

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2009

7328 Comments


^could be happy about money going to charity


I am, one of the charity's was a musical development one, quite the opposite to manufactured x factor shite, so thats another bonus

jagride
December 20th 2009

2313 Comments


Only a portion of it went to charity. The rest goes towards tom morello's drugs and hookers lifestyle

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

28466 Comments


64K is pretty sizeable, no matter what the breakdown

Kyle
December 20th 2009

667 Comments


Really don't like the song, and think the campaign is kind of stupid and misguided. RATM said they'd do a free UK gig and are giving money to charity though, so can't fault them.

pride
December 20th 2009

227 Comments


Song is annoying and repetitive.

Motiv3
December 20th 2009

8923 Comments


wow omg so awesome, i never expected it to be pulled off. This just made my day.

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Motiv3
December 20th 2009

8923 Comments


RATM said they'd do a free UK gig and are giving money to charity though, so can't fault them.

OMG when?

Greggers
December 20th 2009

2375 Comments


FUCK YEAH

supertouchox2
December 20th 2009

1062 Comments


i brought it, cant wait for the free show!

Zion
December 20th 2009

812 Comments


Whether or not I like the song, which in this case I only mildly do, this whole thing cracked me up from the start and kudos to everyone involved for making it happen.

HispanicImpressions
December 20th 2009

121 Comments


3 Downloads means I can Smile about this

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

16083 Comments


Would have much preferred "Hallelujah" to pull this off last year than killing in the name.

Klekticist
December 20th 2009

1259 Comments


haha sweet.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

31097 Comments


Killing In The Name Of Christmas?

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CelestialDust
December 20th 2009

3155 Comments


this is brilliant

thekev
December 20th 2009

3 Comments


fuck yeah

Dolving999
December 20th 2009

1624 Comments


WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!

jagride
December 20th 2009

2313 Comments


Peace to all at Christmas time

Consigliere
December 20th 2009

229 Comments


^^^ Shut the fuck up mr. negative.

bodiesinflight57
December 20th 2009

869 Comments


Why do so many people not 'get' what's so good about this happening?

Douglas
December 20th 2009

9098 Comments


Haha, cool. Glad it worked.

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

28466 Comments


@bodies most people do, but a few are just expressing that they're weary of the double standards underlying RATM's lyrical themes...and how people carry these to unreasonable/inapplicable/self-contradictory lengths

Romulus
December 20th 2009

8423 Comments


I'm so happy this worked out. In other news I like the headgear academy.

Dogget
December 20th 2009

781 Comments


Proud to be British today.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

28466 Comments


thx, romg

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

10078 Comments


Kickass!
Go Rage. I would like to have a new album from them, at some point... But let's not open that can of worms.

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tripleb2k
December 20th 2009

217 Comments


Nice!
I never heard of X Factor till this petition. pretty sweet they're still kickin' ass

iarescientists
December 20th 2009

5863 Comments


would be cool if it was the blood brothers

Douchebag
December 20th 2009

3624 Comments


hahaha This is the best thing i've ever read here. Gonna go blast the album right now...

Nokterne
December 20th 2009

85 Comments


good song, great band

OllieS
December 20th 2009

2030 Comments


haha X Factor pussies get shown what music is all about

DoctorNurse
December 20th 2009

475 Comments


Can't believe it actually worked. Plus they raised a whole load of cash for Shelter aswell. Pretty goood.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

31097 Comments


Did RATM ever comment on this at all?

jagride
December 20th 2009

2313 Comments


Yeah they've given lots of interviews and performed the song on the radio



http://www.gigwise.com/news/53963/Rage-Against-The-Machine's-Tom-Morello-'The-People-United-Can-Never-
Be-Defeated'

AmericnZero02
December 20th 2009

3338 Comments


I don't really care for RATM but this is badass. Way to go fans.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

31097 Comments


Cheers Poop

SteelErectedb4you8er
December 20th 2009

2616 Comments


I am sure more people chipped in when they went against the BBC and swore anyway. They stuck to what they believe in and said fuck it. Gotta give it to them.

renegadestrings
December 20th 2009

1440 Comments


maybe this will remind RATM why the world needs them and they'll stop all this "Nightwatchman", side-project, dick suckin bullshit

Chewie
December 20th 2009

4531 Comments


I've been watching this thing since its inception, and bought a copy, so I can safely say I had a part in this. It makes me so happy that people rebelled and overturned a huge monopolistic system, and RATM is the perfect band to represent this movement. :D

lucazade22
December 20th 2009

531 Comments


^ that!

cirq
December 20th 2009

9263 Comments


pretty cool

Fugue
December 20th 2009

7352 Comments


Yeah, tis cool.

momomoco
December 20th 2009

23 Comments


cool
more money for apple

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

28466 Comments


apple?

DiceMan
December 20th 2009

7068 Comments


Oh wow they kicked some ass.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

15019 Comments


orange you glad i didnt say bananana LOL

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009

28466 Comments


lol ur manic today, rob

TNY
December 21st 2009

571 Comments


Dave fails for hating RATM. Should probably just go autoerotic asphyxiate himself while listening to crappy Butch Walker.

marksellsuswallets
December 21st 2009

4848 Comments


Maybe this is just the cynic in me talking but it seems the only thing that was really accomplished is that the Sony Corporation just doubled its profit with this...I'm sure the guy who won is going to be just fine regardless. You can't overturn a corporation whilst simultaneously feeding it...

RagingStorm
December 21st 2009

509 Comments


wow this is awesome

TheyTookOurJobs
December 21st 2009

1318 Comments


fuck yeah thats so cool

botb
December 21st 2009

9655 Comments


hahah soo good

Emim
December 21st 2009

26618 Comments


I was playing Killing... on the drums just a moment, so I'd like to think I contributed something...


This is cool, even if it's hypocritical at the same time.

MentalityOfA
December 21st 2009

1213 Comments


Wasn't really expecting this to work.

milrichouse
December 21st 2009

11 Comments


I was worried I hadn't bought enough copies

mysticrecords
December 21st 2009

31 Comments


people power CAN work, maybe we should apply this to more important things too?

Douglas
December 21st 2009

9098 Comments


people power CAN work, maybe we should apply this to more important things too?


So true

erasedcitizen
December 21st 2009

716 Comments


This is cool, even if it's hypocritical at the same time.

lolwat


Titan50
December 21st 2009

4588 Comments


the Sony Corporation just doubled its profit with this


Everybody knows, nobody cares

Kyle
December 21st 2009

667 Comments


Would be good if it was The Blood Brothers.

^seconded.

FadeToBlack
December 21st 2009

10926 Comments


This is cool, even if it's hypocritical at the same time.

lolwat
lolwat

marksellsuswallets
December 21st 2009

4848 Comments


Everybody knows, nobody cares

But...that automatically defeats the purpose of this entire thing...gah whatever...

DelegadoZero
December 21st 2009

3 Comments


The Battle continues !

KebertXela
December 21st 2009

367 Comments


awesome that this worked...too bad a good song or band couldn't have been chosen....

scotish
December 21st 2009

835 Comments


agreed with that it could've been something better. but it worked because it made everyone seem like they weren't just pretending to be really angry, cos the song itself was angry.

fuck you ah wont do what ya told me

zaruyache
December 21st 2009

6284 Comments


Joe McElderry and his cover of Miley Cyrus' 'The Climb.'

People actually cover this shit?


GOOD JOB RAGE YOU GUYS BEAT OUT THOSE POP FUCKERS YEAH. Show those pop panzies how we roll.

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ABurton
December 21st 2009

137 Comments


tom morello graduated from harvard with a BA in political science in 1986
and now owns ALL of you on christmas :D


ABurton
December 21st 2009

137 Comments


us***

DiceMan
December 21st 2009

7068 Comments


[edit] but whatev

Wizard
December 21st 2009

19344 Comments


MrPoopular is Wizard today

I love you hahahahaha.

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vincevega
December 21st 2009

48 Comments


SOOOO awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

yas666eer
December 22nd 2009

270 Comments


this was really incredible as i have been a part of this from the start:
Cheers to John/Tracey.... i have never seen such organized retalitation before.... last week was sooo amazing on the group..... proud of humanity... but i doubt this will ever happen again

yetanotherprofile
December 22nd 2009

180 Comments


Simply fantastic, I also have been watching this grow, and watching the numpty's from Radio 1 gradualy being forced to take it seriously. Great win for music lovers everywhere.

I can also remeber someone on this site stating "I can't believe how nieve some people are, this will never work". lol

Thank god it did.

DhA
December 22nd 2009

421 Comments


all this proves is loads of people think their music taste is better than a load of other people's - kinda sad tbh

FadeToBlack
December 22nd 2009

10926 Comments


tru tho uhh the climb no thanks

yetanotherprofile
December 22nd 2009

180 Comments


No it doesnt Dha, it shows that people of had enough of constantly churned out, karaoke singers. It has also stopped the monopoly of them having x-mas number one. Plus the monopoliing of the market through advertising and t.v was beaten by a private led campaign sponsered by the people who wanted it. Not the other way round.

DhA
December 23rd 2009

421 Comments


yes but they only did it because they don't like pop music, if it had been ratm at number 1 for the past 4 years they wouldnt have made a campaign. the only reason x factor had a monopoly is because more people bought it than anything else - hardly the great injustice its being made out to be

yetanotherprofile
December 23rd 2009

180 Comments


Yes. But it would never be ratm at no.1 because the market is so controlled by a minority, that bands like Rage cannot break into it. What music is there is controlled, knowbody was going to get no.1 apart from the x-factor without a private campaign. It's not the genre, it's the control of who can domintae the market that was rebelled against.

DhA
December 24th 2009

421 Comments


simon cowell doesn't control anything - he's successful because he makes music that a lot of people like - it's not a minority controlling the charts when you consider most music in the charts is closer to X Factor stuff than RATM style stuff

yetanotherprofile
December 24th 2009

180 Comments


Well I would argue that he does- who has got x-mas number 1 for the past four years?

DhA
December 24th 2009

421 Comments


yes thats because hes made the most popular xmas number 1 for the past four years - thats not "control" its "making music a lot of people like" theres a difference

yetanotherprofile
December 24th 2009

180 Comments


Yes, but how did those people come to here or 'like' the music? Because it is thrown at them from the media from all angles. You cannot get away from it, other music does not get a look in. That is the manopoly. How many months is it stretched out on t.v?

DhA
December 24th 2009

421 Comments


so? he's not doing anything wrong just because someone hears something doesnt mean they like it. i watched x-factor every week but im 99% sure i wont enjoy joe mcelderry's album. people have free will and enjoy what they like, simon cowell isnt controlling their minds or anything.



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