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Obrigado, Tim Berners-Lee, por fazer isso possível.

The UK Christmas number one is Britain’s most hotly contested music chart of the year, dominated for the past four years by Simon Cowell’s X Factor franchise and its conveyor belt of manufactured stars. X Factor winner Joe McElderry looked set to take the chart with ease.

But this year was different: web-based groups decided to take action, establishing a Facebook page called “RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE FOR CHRISTMAS NO.1“. It accrued almost 1 million fans, all vying to make “Killing in The Name” the number one record this Christmas.

Tonight, the campaign proved successful: “Killing in the Name” sold around 500,000 copies, versus 450,000 for McElderry. It’s the first UK number one for RATM, and proof that Internet campaigns can turn the tables.

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