Monday, 15 December 2008

Hallelujah: Reclaiming the Christmas No.1

I discovered an incredible Facebook campaign this morning which hopes to reclaim the Christmas No.1 from Simon Cowell's X-Factor bandwagon.

The 'Jeff Buckley for Xmas No.1' group aims to rival X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke's cover version of Leonard Cohen's 1984 song 'Hallelujah' by urging music fans to download Jeff Buckley's superior 1994 cover version of 'Hallelujah' instead! You can join the group here.

As of yesterday, Buckley's 'Hallelujah' is No.30 in the UK Top 40 Singles charts, so we just need to increase the momentum over the next seven days to prevent Simon 'The Grinch' Cowell from receiving his predictable Christmas bonus.

Obviously, this is nothing against young Alexandra Burke. But the magic of the Christmas No.1 has become a trivial exercise in futility since the X-Factor cult became established.

If you are interested in supporting the Buckley 'Hallelujah' then you can download it here. A worthy cause.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to have a Christmas No.1 that is actually about Christmas, then you can download the Peter Kay/Geraldine McQueen 'Once Upon A Christmas Song' single here. Arguably a worthier cause as all proceeds go to the NSPCC.

So the decision is yours: Buckley or McQueen? But boycott the X-Factor single. Let's reclaim the Christmas No.1 from Simon Cowell.

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