Don’t Rage Against It – Download it instead!
The Official Charts Company has confirmed this week that this year’s X Factor winner’s single will be released during the Christmas Number 1 sales week, following a two-year break from the Number 1 single race.
The previous two X Factor winners James Arthur and Little Mix released their singles to reach the number one slot the week before Christmas, due to TV rescheduling.
This followed a backlash against the TV show’s dominance of the charts which had seen five of the winners go to number one over Christmas in the last eight years. These were, Shayne Ward in 2005, Leona Lewis in 2006, Leon Jackson 2007, Alexandra Burke in 2008 and Matt Cardle in 2010.
But in 2009, little Joe McElderry’s cover of Miley Cyrus’s The Climb was kept off the Official Christmas Singles Chart summit thanks to a social media campaign to get Rage Against The Machine’s 1993 single, Killing In The Name, to Number 1.
This campaign was organized by husband and wife team Jon and Tracy Morter as a protest over X Factor creator Simon Cowell’s perceived monopoly of the Christmas singles market.
The Official Charts Company tells us that other potential contenders for Christmas number one could include 11-year-old choirboy Jack Topping with Tomorrow (from the musical Annie), Britain’s Got Talent finalists Richard & Adam with I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In (On Christmas Day), and Susan Boyle and Elvis Presley’s O Come, All Ye Faithful. In addition, 911, Blue, 5ive, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X and B*witched will also be giving it a shot as part of the Big Reunion’s cover of Wizzard’s 1973 hit, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday.
Love it or loathe it, nobody can deny the influence of the X Factor however, nor the talent of many of the contestants who take part. Prison Officer Sam Bailey is currently the favourite to win with Luke Friend and Nicholas McDonald also frontrunners.
Soundnet has always released free X Factor updates for its customers in the run-up to the final of the show. This is a popular service that allows jukeboxes to maximise income from the popularity of the show. However, if the X Factor is not popular down your local – then we can always organize an update of Rage Against The Machine instead!
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