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Nirvana Vs. Simon Cowell’s ‘X-Factor’ This Christmas In The UK

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Much like they did two years ago with Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing in the Name’, a British movement is urging people to buy Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and push it to #1 on the charts this Christmas before one of Simon Cowell’s ‘X-Factor’ artists take the coveted spot.

Citizens of the UK are acting in order to prevent Simon Cowell’s reality singing competition from dominating the charts this Christmas by starting a campaign encouraging people to buy Nirvana’s well known single instead.

In 2009, the gesture was more of a rebellious movement by those sick of Simon Cowell’s dominance of the Christmas Number One. Fans downloaded Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing in the Name’ over 500,000 times and prevented one of Cowell’s artist from taking the spot for what would’ve been the fifth consecutive year.

This year the campaign is starting earlier due to a dispute over the name of a children’s charity — ‘Rythmix’. The name has also been adopted by one of the ‘X-Factor’ artists despite the fact that trademark is held by the youth music charity.

According to the Facebook page for the movement, ‘X-Factor’ reps told the charity to “get a lawyer” when they approached the hit reality show about the issue. Rock News Desk is reporting that the director of the Rhythmix Charity said:

“The X-Factor are refusing to back down. We believe it would be simple and appropriate for them to change the name. We see no reason why they shouldn’t. But we’re now involved in a costly legal debate which takes valuable funds away from delivering services to young people. We’re at a loss as to why anyone would even consider trying to find a legal loophole to ensure a band can continue to use the name of a small yet highly-respected charity.”

The organizers of the anti-Cowell movement put their feelings about the issue in much more blunt terms, saying:

“After the AWESOME chart victory for Rage Against The Machine lots of us felt that there’d be no need to do another campaign again. Yet this year they have decided to effectively bully a children’s charity called RHYTHMIX by refusing to change the name of the tepid girl band and suggesting the charity “get a lawyer.” Well f— you X Factor…we’re not impressed.”

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