Monday, December 21

Rage beats X Factor for UK chart no.1

Zack de la Rocha from Rage Against the Machine said: “We are very, very ecstatic about being No 1.”

If you're in the UK and downloaded the track, good on ya.

It doesn't matter which record company gets the money. That's not the point. The point is that half a million people were affronted enough by the cynicism and presumption of the X Factor producers that their manufactured pop person would get to No.1 in the charts at Christmas that they took action.

The seemingly unstoppable wave of mediocrity generated by X Factor has been overcome, and real music with a message wins. And the message is: "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!".

Rage Against the Machine have pledged to give all profits of the single to the homelessness charity Shelter, and will perform a free victory gig in the UK to thank those who bought their single.