X-Factor winner Joe McElderry failed to reach the Christmas number one spot with his debut release, The Climb, after US band Rage Against the Machine beat him to it with their single Killing In The Name accompanied by a cleverly fought internet campaign.
Despite not clinching the Christmas number one like every other X-Factor winner before him, Joe remained upbeat about the whole experience saying, “I’m just happy I’ve got a single out.”
The metal rockers re-released their 1992 hit single to rival the winner of the ITV show in the charts. Rage Against the Machine outsold Geordie Joe by shifting 500,000 copies of their track in one week, compared to the 450,000 record sales racked up by the 18 year old.
Rage Against the Machine made history this week as their single was only available to download making it the first release to achieve a Christmas number one on downloads alone. They also chalked up the biggest selling single on the UK download chart ever.
Joe took defeat in his stride and said how much he enjoyed being part of a “much-hyped campaign” and congratulated the team behind Rage Against the Machine’s Facebook campaign that helped them achieve the number one. Simon Cowell however, went one step further and offered the people behind the campaign a job at his record label as he was so impressed by their skilful PR work, not surprisingly they declined the offer.