Rage Against the Machine v Joe McElderry: Chart update!

RATM still have the edge over X Factor winner Joe McElderry in the battle for Christmas number one, but the gap is closing

Rage Against the Machine are still ahead of Joe McElderry in the chart battle for the Christmas number one single a day after the X Factor winner's song hit the shelves. McElderry's debut single The Climb went on physical release yesterday and initial first day sales figures suggest he is still behind his unlikely chart rivals. However, the Official Chart Company said the "gap had closed considerably" since Wednesday morning, when McElderry trailed behind Rage Against the Machine by approximately 60,000 sales.

According to industry sources, approximately 100,000 copies of The Climb were sold yesterday.

The Mirror reports there were "distribution issues" with The Climb and only Asda and HMV had copies of the single. This may be a result of the late dispatch of the song, which was only pressed on Sunday evening following McElderry's X Factor win. A representative for McElderry was not available to confirm this.

The campaign to get Rage Against the Machine's song Killing in the Name to number one in the UK charts began earlier this month. A husband and wife team decided to set up a Facebook group encouraging people to download the 1992 song in protest at X Factor's monopoly over the singles chart at Christmas.

RATM's Tommy Morello spoke to BBC6 Music earlier this week about the campaign, saying: "I think people are fed up of being spoon-fed some sugary ballad that sits on top of the charts. It's a little dose of anarchy."

Morello also said some of the proceeds from the sale of Killing in the Name would go to a UK-based charity called Youth Music, which provides children with access to music education and training. They also said the the homeless charity Shelter would receive some of the profits.

Bookies suspended betting for a short while for Rage Against the Machine after a high volume of bets were placed on the band. However, a spokesmen for William Hill said the current odds were 2/5 for Joe McElderry and 7/4 for Rage Agains the Machine, making the X Factor winner the bookies' favourite to be number one at Christmas.

This morning, RATM's Zack de la Rocha told Radio 5 Live that the campaign was: "a wonderful statement... it says something about the real tensions that people are experiencing all over the UK and US as well, as people would love to experience something which reflects this." Shortly the band played a live version of Killing In the Name before being pulled from the air after swearing during the lines "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me."

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Rosie Swash

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