The UK Rages Against the Machine, Simon Cowell

British consumers sent a message to Simon Cowell and his hit making reality television juggernaut this week when they made Rage Against the Machine's "Killing In The Name" the Christmas No. 1 over the debut single of the newest X Factor winner.

While being No. 1 on December 25 in the United States is no different than any other week, special emphasis is put on being Christmas No. 1 in the UK. During the past four years, winners of Simon Cowell's X Factor, the British version of American Idol, have took the coveted spot. This year however, there were some who were determined to not let this happen,

A Facebook group was created which called for an end to Cowell's pop monopoly and encouraged people to download Rage Against the Machine's debut single "Killing In The Name". The song originally peaked at No. 25 in 1993.

The competition was X Factor winner Joe McElderry whose cover of "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus seemed a shoe-in for the No. 1 spot. When the week's totals were tabulated on Sunday night, Rage Against the Machine had sold 500,000 downloads compared to McElderrly's 450,000 to become one of the most improbable Christmas No. 1s ever.
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