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Tom Morello, Prodigy, Stereophonics Support Rage X-Mas Single Campaign

12/15/09 5:57pm

by Mark Teo (CHARTattack)

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The U.K. campaign to topple X-Factor's Christmas single, Joe McElderry's cover of Miley Cyrus' "The Climb," continues. But now, it's received the support of several high-profile backers.

A few weeks ago, we reported that a grassroots group was petitioning to make Rage Against The Machine's "Killing In The Name" the top Christmas single in the U.K. Now, the group has gotten the attention and support of Rage guitarist Tom Morello.

“Rage's Killing in the Name & the X-Factor's goofy Christmas single are neck and neck for num one spot on UK chart," wrote Morello on his Twitter account. "England! Now is your time.”

As of today, NME is reporting that Rage's 1992 single is actually beating "The Climb" in total sales. However, the physical edition of X-Factor's single will be released tomorrow, and that's expected to boost its standings on the charts.

For the betting types, British bookmakers William Hill have given Rage 4/1 odds taking the title as the U.K's top Christmas single.

Morello isn't the first high-profile musician to support the campaign. The Prodigy's Liam Howlett has also cast his vote in Rage's favour.

“We are behind and back getting Rage [sic] 'killing in the name' to number 1 this Christmas instead of some shite off of X-Factor," he wrote on his Facebook page. "We will all be buying it and you should too."

And while he was reluctant to call The X Factor "shite," the Stereophonics' Kelly Jones agreed.

"X Factor is a television show which is great, it's entertaining, you can't take it away from it, it's done really well and it's a big focus point for the nation every Saturday night," Jones told the Press Association. "But on the other hand, [with Rage's "Killing in the Name Of"] you've got music — so I think it's two different things."

While a portion of the proceeds from "The Climb" will be donated to charity, Rage supporters are being encouraged to donate to Shelter, a U.K. charity providing housing to the homeless.

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