Analysts are proclaiming 2009 to be the toughest fight for the coveted U.K Christmas number one in many a year, with behemoths Rage Against the Machine currently in first place.
The singles chart, which counts all physical and digital single sales between 13-19 December to construct the Christmas singles chart is a two-horse-race between the aforementioned RAtM and the winner of this year's X-Factor Joe McLovin. McLovin is releasing "The Climb", a song written by Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe, before being performed by Disney employee Miley Cyrus and then covered by himself.
The counter-insurgency comes courtesy of an internet campaign to overthrow the X-Factor's reign of terror over the Xmas No. 1, having held the position for the last 5 year with their revolving door of faceless acts. The show's producer, Simon Cowell, has already described any involved in the campaign as "stupid".
However, the could be a major turn-around come Wednesday when the physical CD release of McLovin's single enters into stores, having previously been only available for download. Gennaro Castaldo of HMV reiterates this statement by saying: "Whilst it's true that, since Sunday night, quite a few more fans have been downloading the Rage track from HMV's digital music store off the back of the internet campaign, we believe this trend will be reversed in a big way once the physical CD single of Joe's The Climb officially goes on sale in stores from tomorrow."
Amazon is currently selling both singles for the Prince Edward-ly sum of 29p. those with a U.K credit/debit card can purchase by heading here.