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Rage Against the Machine v X-Factor mashup

Posted by LiveFor on December 17, 2009

A few days ago I posted the news that Rage Against The Machine’s Killing in the Name Of was challenging the X-Factor’s The Climb single to the UK Christmas Number 1.

Now those industrious people of the internet have mashed the two up.

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Rage Against the Machine v Simon Cowell’s X-Factor

Posted by LiveFor on December 15, 2009

This is very cool. Always good to hear Rage Against the Machine – saw them at a festival years ago and they were most excellent. Cheers to Andy M for sending me the story from the Guardian.

Despite his proficiency in the dark arts of publicity, Simon Cowell is struggling to shield his latest X Factor protege from a new foe: the internet-driven protest waged through a group of relentlessly political, fortysomething California punk-rap-metal-funksters.

Joe McElderry may have won Sunday’s final but he is currently trailing Rage Against the Machine in the race for the Christmas No 1 thanks to an anti-X Factor Facebook campaign. The online initiative – which Cowell has dismissed as “stupid” – aims to ensure that the US band’s 1992 hit Killing in the Name outsells McElderry’s cover of the Miley Cyrus song The Climb.

Today, the Official Charts Company said Rage Against the Machine were 10% ahead on sales, and HMV also reported that the angry anthem was outselling McElderry’s ballad 10-1.

But there are signs that the Facebook campaign is losing momentum. The Climb sent Killing in the Name tumbling down iTunes’s best-selling songs list today, and the newly crowned prince of reality TV pop will launch the CD version of his song tomorrow. HMV predicted: “Whilst it’s true that, since Sunday night, quite a few more fans have been downloading the Rage track, we believe this trend will be reversed in a big way once the physical CD single of Joe’s The Climb officially goes on sale.”

That – and the fact that X Factor winners have had the yuletide No 1 for the past four years – suggests Cowell could get what he wants for Christmas. Again.

“I think we all have this belief that the Christmas No 1 was just amazing songs, a real special occasion, but actually when you look at them over recent years, it was Bob the Builder one year, Mr Blobby … there’s a tradition of quite horrible songs,” Cowell told this week’s NME. “I think I’ve done everyone a favour.”

Which one do you prefer?

RATM guitarist Tom Morello lent his Twitter voice to the cause today, likely spurred on by the fact that the campaign has also raised £20,000 for the UK charity Shelter. A champion of musical activism, Morello just released a two-song Live at Lime session in conjunction with Amnesty International, with all net proceeds benefitting Amnesty’s work around the world. So if you’re in the mood to rage, go buy “Killing in the Name” and help topple Scrooge Cowell’s Christmas number one empire. And then go download Morello’s stellar Live at Lime session. Power to the people!

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Il Divo – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on February 20, 2009

A chilling examination of power, corruption and murder in the murky world of Italian politics.

Nothing to do with Simon Cowell’s operatic vocal group of the same name, Il Divo is writer-director Paolo Sorrentino’s attempt to come to terms with more than four decades of upheaval in the volatile history of Italian government. The key figure here is Giulio Andreotti (Toni Servillo), a statesman of unparalleled ambiguity. Elderly and frail yet seemingly indestructible, Andreotti appears to be the effective ruler of Italy in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s – usually as the shadowy power behind the throne. Measured, calm, all-knowing and all-seeing, speaking only in riddles and parables, Andreotti is haunted by two things – the 1978 murder of Prime Minister Aldo Moro (Paolo Graziosi) by Red Brigade terrorists, and the spectre of his own alleged Mafia associations.Visually inventive, the film’s look ranges from brilliant colours to Noir-esque shadows, its dream-like narration belying the often nightmarish events it details.

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

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