I am trying to promote a campaign to get a song to Christmas No One in the UK that isn't the winning song on X Factor, for the first time in more years than I can remember.
I've just written a hub about this (I don't know if I'm allowed to publish the link or not). But basically, if you live in the UK and you don't like/intend to buy the X Factor winners single then you have to buy 'Killing In The Name Of'by Rage Against The Machine (odd choice I know) between the 13th and 20th of December.
Join the facebook group and tell your friends, so that even if the alternative single doesnt get to No.1 (which I admit is a long shot) it will at least get a lot of publicity and maybe more backing if we try again next year!!
Well 13 million people watch X Factor, but not all of them will buy the single, obviously. I think they reckon they need over a million people to buy the single for it to have any impact at all. I think there are a little over 200,000 who have joined the facebook group, and not all of them will actually buy the alternative single either. It IS a long shot, but hopefully it will still send a message out, even if it doesnt get to No.1
They will need to sell at least 250,000 copies to get to number 1 that week, probably more than that if Cowell buys 50,000 of his own singles (and that does go on).
I thought about doing this, but then came to the conclusion that Zack De La Rocha is a hyprocrite and that buying a single from Epic Records (a subsidiary of Sony) is no better than buying a record from Syco (also a subsidiary of Sony).
In fact, dont be suprised if that facebook group was set up by one of Simon Cowells marketing team.
Sorry, but shit idea.
I have heard people say that about them being owned by Simon Cowell anyway. If i was running the campaign I would pick a song that was being released near Christmas (that would be challenging for Xmas No.1 anyway) and get behind that.
To be honest I don't think it's being marketed well enough to be done by Simon Cowell (or any of his people), and I think the consequences would be pretty bad for him if anyone found out that he'd put an alternative against his own X Factor winner.
But at the end of the day, the point is just to send a message. I don't know if it will work. But i hate X Factor and I hate that it steals the Xmas No.1 every year, so what else can I do?
I have changed my mind, I am going to buy it. I dont think that they should have chosen a Sony track, they should have chosen an unsigned act, but I will buy it for the music. At least Rage, although hypocrites, wrote their own music!
That was a quick backtrack! Definitely bad song choice ... apparently last year it was Rick Astley, not surprised that didnt get anywhere. I don't know who else is releasing singles next week, but they should go for one of them, or keep Peter Kay's Children in Need song at No.1!!!
Haven't the X Factor contestants already had a No.1 with that Michael Jackson cover? I dno if it reached No.1 or not. How greedy do they wanna get!!!
'Killing in the Name of' would be priceless as a Christmas No.1
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