The Christmas Number One Price War sees Rage Against The Machine taking the lead against The X Factor
For the most part, the Christmas Number One has been shit. I mean, Rolf Harris beat The Beatles' in 1969 with 'Two Little Boys' to become the last pop topper of The Sixties. Since then, we've had Mr Blobby, St Winifred's School Choir, Bob The Builder and Mull of Kintyre. It's hardly a glorious time for music. Even Renée and Renato topped the charts back in 1982.
That's not stopped a Facebook campaign trying to bring back some imagined glory to the festive chart topper. As you will have invariably heard, there's a push by people to get 'Killing in the Name' by Rage Against The Machine to the top of the charts and thus far, it's going remarkably well.
As such, a price war has broken out. Joe McElderry’s version of The Climb is available from Tesco and Amazon for a mere 29p. Play is currently offering the single for 65p and HMV has it selling for 79p. The X Factor single is not currently available to stream on Spotify, ensuring that the track will get huge first week sales.
Of course, Amazon have got form when it comes to this. Last year, they did the same thing as they attempted to get a foothold in a market largely dominated by Apple's iTunes.
However, things are seemingly not going to plan. A report from Amazon.co.uk this morning sees Rage Against The Machine just ahead of McElderry. ‘Killing in the Name’ currently accounts for 50.3% of the total sales of the two tracks combined with ‘The Climb’ accounting for 49.7%.
‘The lead continues to change and it looks like it will go down until the very last minute before we know who the winner in this chart battle will be,’ said Julian Monaghan, head of music buying at Amazon.co.uk Ltd. ‘Should Rage Against The Machine take the number one spot, it will be the most unlikely Christmas number one in UK music history. ‘Killing in the Name’ would certainly be an interesting addition on the track lists of the Christmas compilation albums that come out every year.'
Of course, whether this whole thing is a good idea or not is another matter entirely (feel free to debate it in the comments) as both acts are signed to Sony, and thereby, set to make a certain shareholder in the company called Simon Cowell wealthy either way. Not to mention the fact that Rage Against The Machine probably don't give a hoot about having a Christmas Number One in the UK. What are your thoughts? Will The X Factor lose out in 2009?