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Rage Against the Machine Christmas Number One proves the power of social networks

If ever the increasing power of social networks were doubted, here’s the proof that the Internet has found a voice and is making it heard. Rage Against the Machine has beaten all the odds to take the Christmas Number One in the music charts with Killing in the name, despite it being an almost foregone conclusion this time last week that it would be the X-Factor winner getting the glory yet again.

Thanks to Jon Morter, who started the campaign to topple the X Factor on Facebook, the 1992 expletive-laden rock/rap classic from Rage Against the Machine sold more than half a million copies and beat the X-Factor winner into the number 2 spot with a clear 50,000 lead in sales.