December 14, 2009 9:45

Rage Against The Machine leading 'X Factor' in Christmas Number One race

Fan campaign tops iTunes download chart after one day sales

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Rage Against The Machine's 'Killing In The Name' was leading X Factor winner Joe McElderry in the iTunes download chart, after a campaign to get the track to claim the Christmas Number One kicked in yesterday (December 13).

A fan-organised Facebook group urged people to buy the track as a download as the race for next week's Number One opened.

Yesterday proved the first test for the fan campaign, which has over 500,000 supporters, and the track currently tops iTunes' singles chart, while McElderry is at Number Three with 'The Climb'. Of course it must be noted that The X Factor winner was not announced until last night, while the campaign against it enjoyed a full shopping day.

The iTunes chart is independent of the official chart rundown, but as downloads are expected to dominated the Christmas Number One countdown, it is a good barometer of the race.

The X Factor's Simon Cowell has previously attacked the fan campaign, branding it "stupid".

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