RATM winning X-Factor race

As avid NME-watchers will know, it’s anarchy in the UK right now. We’re referring of course to the battle between Rage Against The Machine fans and British talent show X-Factor.

A Facebook campaign started a couple of weeks ago to propel RATM’s rabble-rousing anthem Killing In The Name to the Christmas Number One chart position, ahead of the latest X-Factor winner Joe McElderry. McElderry’s cover of Miley Cyrus’ The Climb (yes, the one booted from the Grammys) was expected to sit comfortably at #1, but the de la Rocha devotees are not going down without a fight.

According to figures reported last night by The Official Charts Company, Killing In The Name is beating The Climb by 65,000 copies. Sadly, though, a mega-shipment of McElderry’s single is about to hit stores. X-Factor figurehead Simon Cowell has told The Daily Star newspaper, “We’ve got half a million singles going out. Joe will be Number One.”

Regardless, RATM guitarist Tom Morello is pretty chuffed the chart war is even happening. “My hope is that one of the results of this whole Christmas season is there’ll be a new generation of rockers who will take on the establishment with the music they write,” he told the BBC.