Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello has denied that the campaign to get their song "Killing In The Name Of" in the UK charts was part of a conspiracy put together by Sony Records.
The band beat X Factor winner Joe McElderry‘s song "The Climb" in a race to the Christmas number 1 spot on the U.K charts last week. Both songs were release through Sony Records.
People have alleged that the online campaign put together by Jon and Tracy Morter was actually part of a scheme constructed by the major label.
Morello outright denied any such thing, and told NME, "That’s the most ridiculous thing! I couldn’t even get a return email from Sony UK," he laughed when the conspiracy was put to him. "I was like, ‘Are we still on your label? Something’s happening over there’ and nobody hit me back."
He praised the campaign, saying "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.
"Ordinary people, when they band together in solidarity, can do extraordinary things. Last night I was reading the wall comments on the Facebook page and one young man’s comment really struck me. He said, ‘It’s almost like we can actually change the world if we stick together’. Now imagine that kind of revelation coming from something that has to do with the UK Christmas charts. You just never know where the spark is going to come from, but we were really honoured to be part of the greatest chart upset in the history of the UK."
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