Thursday, 18 December 2008

Jeff Buckley 'Hallelujah' - social media for Christmas Number One?

The traditional battle for the UK Christmas Number One has been distorted in recent years by the procession of X-Factor releases (UK version of Idol / Pop Idol.)

Last year LastFM sponsored Lucky Soul, along with others like Malcolm Middleton tried to create a social media groundswell of support to displace the inevitability of an X-Factor Christmas chart topper - however they did not succeed.


Malcolm Middleton's alternative take on the traditional Christmas single

This year there is a stronger challenge to Alexandra Burke 'Hallelujah', the official X-Factor winners' single. Jeff Buckley's version of 'Hallelujah' is, according to NME, the definitive version of the song. Jeff Buckley 'Hallelujah' is only available on digital download but looks set to enter the charts in the top 3 this weekend.

So where has the support for Jeff Buckley's 'Hallelujah' come from? One word - Facebook.

The 'Jeff Buckley for Xmas no 1' Facebook Group now has 105,616 members and is growing quickly. The group founder says 'we can make this work, and make a huge statement against the barrage of cynical manufactured pop dirtying up our charts. I am willing to download this version the week the X factor version comes out, and I know others will be too.' If everyone joining the group actually downloads the song, then we may have a Facebook number one this Christmas! (hat tip to Dan Calladine for flagging this!)

Support Jeff Buckley HallelujahThis seems a fitting way to end the year - thank you to everyone who has read or contributed to my blog over the last 12 months, hope to see you again in the New Year.

Happy Christmas!

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The 2007 social media challenge to the X Factor for Christmas Number One
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1 comment:

Alex said...

This beautiful song deserves all efforts.
Hi to the blogger, very interesting!
Happy Xmas 2u2!