Digital Spy

Search Digital Spy

Music News

RATM dismiss Xmas No.1 conspiracy theories

By
RATM dismiss Xmas No.1 conspiracy theories

WENN

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello has spoken out to dismiss claims that his band's single was part of a conspiracy to get two Sony songs into a race for the top of the charts.

Both the LA band's 'Killing In The Name' and X Factor winner Joe McElderry's 'The Climb' were released by the label, selling around 900,000 records between them in the race for number one.

This has led critics to suggest that the online campaign, organised by Rage fans Jon and Tracy Morter, was actually a marketing scheme devised by Sony Records to dominate the chart.

However, Morello told NME that this speculation was untrue, maintaining that he never speaks to anyone at the band's label.

"That's the most ridiculous thing! I couldn't even get a return email from Sony UK," he laughed when told of the suspected conspiracy. "I was like, 'Are we still on your label? Something's happening over there', and nobody hit me back."

Instead, the 45-year-old praised the group's fans for taking the initiative in their showdown with Simon Cowell's dominance of the Christmas charts.

"It was tremendous, it was an incredible campaign to make a hard-hitting political song number one with a budget of zero, and it outmatched this enormous machinery. Normally the panel stands in judgement of the contestants, but this week the whole UK stood in judgement of a reality TV game show controlling a nation's musical identity and The X Factor didn't make the cut," he declared.

> RATM 'want Cowell to host victory gig'

You May Like