Raging against the X Factor machine

There is no doubt that the annual X Factor winner’s single has dominated the Christmas charts in recent years, but in 2009’s festive period, Essex couple Jon and Tracy Morter started one of the most remarkable social media campaigns in recent memory. They decided that Simon Cowell’s monopoly needed to be challenged, and successfully tried to get Rage Against the Machine’s rock classic ‘Killing in the Name’ to beat Joe McElderry’s cover of ‘The Climb’ to the top of the festive charts.

Just a week before the number one was announced, I spoke to campaign leader Jon Morter, Kerrang Deputy Editor Daniel Lane and members of the public.


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