Christmas Singles

It worked! – RATMachine beats X Factor winner UK Xmas #1

Further to my last post, the winners have been declared and “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me” is the Christmas refrain on the top of the UK charts. The Grauniad (look it up) has a good round-up of the news and reaction:  Rage Against the Machine beats X Factor’s Joe to Christmas No 1 | Music | guardian.co.uk One item of particular interest is that claim that RATM won on downloads alone. It makes sense, given that…


Shock! Rage Against the Machine swearing on BBC Radio 5 live

The UK Christmas Number One Single tradition has lead to all sorts of silly stuff over the years (Oasis vs. Blur for one), but the last few years have been dominated by awful, treacly pop songs spewing from the “winners” (or “indentured servants”, take your pick) of  Simon Cowell’s X-Factor TV show. In the last few weeks a strong campaign has developed to make Rage Against the Machine the number one single this christmas.  The campaign is specifically targeted at the Cowell machine,…


How’s this for a Christmas single…

Malcolm Middleton used to be in Arab Strap. He’s released solo record and one of the songs on it, We’re All Going To Die, is about to be released as a “Christmas Single” in the UK. The “Christmas Single” is a long-lived and somewhat odd little artifact of the UK charts. Basically, it comes from the fact that the UK market is so small that if a (not always huge) number of people all buy a single on the same…