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Rock band beats X Factor winner to Christmas number one

The coveted Christmas number one went to US rock band Rage Against the Machine with their 1992 hit Killing in the Name after a long publicised battle against X Factor winner, Joe McElderry.

For the last four years, the Christmas number one has been dominated by winners of the X Factor, the popular reality ITV show which searches for a new pop star with an aim of getting to number one with their debut single.

An internet campaign on Facebook was set up by British couple, Ian and Tracy Morter, who encouraged people to buy the heavy rock song rather than the The Climb by 18-year-old Joe.

It is the first time a song has gone to Christmas number one by downloads alone, with 500,000 copies sold in one week. The Climb sold 450,000 copies meaning record company Sony, who own the rights to both songs, have had a very lucrative week.

A large portion of the money made from the sales of Killing in the Name will be donated to the homeless charity, Shelter.

The past four Christmas number ones were by X Factor winners, Shayne Ward, Leona Lewis, Leon Jackson and Alexandra Burke.