The global success of Susan Boyle has demonstrated the considerable power and reach of U.K. TV talent shows. It’s rumored that the eventual winner of this year's X Factor will release a cover of Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb” in a bid to score the Christmas #1 single in the U.K., causing howls of anguish from right-thinking music fans everywhere.
Fortunately, a plan of action has been formed to thwart the as-yet unknown Cyrus-covering heathens—and that plan involves catapulting Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” to the top of the charts. A Facebook group, which already contains over 45,000 members, has been formed to aid the cause, with instructions to purchase the song on Dec. 13, the very same day that The X Factor will cast a dark shadow over the music world with its release.
A Twitter campaign is already underway—just retweet this message if you want to get involved: “"Rage Against The Machine For Xmas No.1 #ratm4xmas See here for details http://bit.ly/inthename please RT". Last year, a similar campaign almost worked when Jeff Buckley’s version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” came close to toppling X Factor winner Alexandra Burke’s cover of the same song. Perhaps this year the campaigners will get the #1 slot their efforts truly deserve?