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Victory to the Machine

And, normality is restored. After last year's triumph of web organisation against big entertainment - Rage Against The Machine's Bulls On Parade beating the X Factor's Joe McElderry to Christmas number one - this year has seen The Man roar back into action. Matt Cardle, winner of last week's X Factor final, has scored the Christmas number one with his cover of Biffy Clyro's 'Many of Horror (When We Collide)'.

In the end, the new single by Rihanna feat. Drake put up a better fight than any of the anti-X-Factor campaigns did. Rihanna took the number two slot, with The Trashmen's 'Surfin' Bird' at number three and Cage Against The Machine's '4'33''' - that's the one that's just four-and-a-half minutes of silence - at number 21.

The leaders of the Cage campaign were magnanimous in defeat. 'A 30 SECOND BREAK IN THOSE HORRIBLE ATTENTION DEFICIT SCREECHING SOUNDS ON THE RADIO 1 CHART SHOW. AND THE DESCRIPTION OF THE PIECE BEING COMPOSED IN 1952 AS 'THE DAWN OF TIME', they said in needless capital letters on their Facebook page. 'SOMETHING INTERESTING HAPPENED IN POPULAR CULTURE, MONEY FOR CHARITY HAS BEEN RAISED, A JOKE WAS HAD. SOUNDS LIKE A VICTORY TO ME.'

Hmm, yeah, well, we know what victory is, and so does Simon Cowell...

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