Vulture posted the new trailer for "Valentine's Day" a few days ago, a reminder that of all the sprawling, saccharin, overstuffed, ludicrously recycled rom-coms that have been popping up this decade, it's "Love Actually" we unashamedly turn to when we're lonely. (We're music nerds! It happens often! Just kidding!) Much like Bill Nighy's aging pop star character did in that movie, Rage Against The Machine have accomplished the unlikely this year by nabbing the top spot on the UK's vaunted (and Simon Cowell-dominated) Christmas chart with "Killing In The Name." The surprise/"Anarchy Christmas Miracle" comes via a recent, RATM-spearheaded grassroots campaign, supporters as well as the band having taken to the web and Facebook to drum up support for the single in the name of homelessness. The foursome sold upwards of 500,000 copies, clean 50,000 copies more than the pop lothario Joe McElderry. As promised just before the deadline, they'll be performing a free show in the UK next year. Check the band's full victory speech after the jump.
Rage Against the Machine is honored to have been drafted by this historic grassroots campaign to make our song ‘Killing in the Name’ the No. 1 song on the UK Christmas Week pop chart. This is a huge victory by and for fans of real music and we extend our heartfelt thanks to every fan and freedom fighter who helped make our anthem of defiance and rebellion the Anarchy Christmas Miracle of 2009. As promised we will play a free concert in the UK in celebration of this incredible upset victory over the heavily favored X-Factor single. We are also pleased that so much money has been raised for homeless charity Shelter and are happy to donate as well to aid this important cause. While there are many lessons that can be drawn from this historic upset, the main one is this: that ordinary people, banding together in solidarity, can change ANYTHING, be it the pop charts or the world.