ladygagaogaga said:I liked the RATM campaign for the fact that it is saving Xmas number 1.
MadeInHeaven said:...here is a number one single that's coming from a place of bitterness and negativity; and in its own calculated way is therefore arguably even more cynical than the X-Factor single ever was.
heartmightmelt said:MadeInHeaven said:...here is a number one single that's coming from a place of bitterness and negativity; and in its own calculated way is therefore arguably even more cynical than the X-Factor single ever was.
That sums up my feelings for the whole campaign perfectly.
Tafkap said:At least he won't have the stigma of "struggling X-Factor winner" attached to him.
Completely agree with you. And for these reasons I am rather pathetically pretending that Bad Romance was No 1, because it's the highest song there that people actually bought purely because they like it. (Unless there was a "Get Bad Romance to #3!!!" campaign that I missed?)MadeInHeaven said:ladygagaogaga said:I liked the RATM campaign for the fact that it is saving Xmas number 1.
I'm not sure that it is, especially. I sort of respect the achievement of the campaign too, but - for good or ill - it's still a campaign that's effectively driven by the X-Factor; it's just that it's a negative campaign 'against' rather than a positive campaign 'for'.
But that's sort of my biggest problem with it too... RATM would never ever, under normal circumstances, get to number one in the British singles chart. Which means a lot of people bought it who don't necessarily even like it. That's hardly saving the Christmas number one.
When I feel bitter about the X-Factor stranglehold over the Christmas number one (or - even worse - the PRESUMPTION that it will be number one), it's because I'm nostalgic for a time when songs got to number one at Christmas either by being zeitgeist embarrassments (Blobby) or because they just happened to be songs that caught the public imagination at that moment (Gary Jules). But here is a number one single that's coming from a place of bitterness and negativity; and in its own calculated way is therefore arguably even more cynical than the X-Factor single ever was.
However, I don't especially like the Joe cover either, so I'm all over the place with this! I guess I'd just rather a third song got to number one that just happened to be a track the nation flipped with excitement for.
Some other commentators have said that this was an "idiotic" stunt, as all the participants have signed up to the taste of the man behind the campaign. We're not actually seeing this point – there's little difference between 500,000 people following some bloke off of the interwebs and 450,000 following the fashion set by Mr. Cowell off the telly. Neither group is buying their chosen song on its musical merits – the Cowell fans are associating the song with the series they've watched, the opposition are promoting their song as a totem against everything Mr. Cowell stands for.
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/xfactor/a200527/cowell-wont-sign-x-factor-finalists.html said:Cowell won't sign X Factor finalists
Simon Cowell has reportedly decided not to sign any of last year's X Factor finalists.
Cowell's record label Syco has allegedly chosen to focus on the show's winner Joe McElderry instead of working with Stacey Solomon, Danyl Johnson or runner-up Olly Murs.
"Simon has decided he won't have anything to do with them in a professional sense going forward," a source told the News of the World. "He doesn't have anything against the guys but wants to concentrate on turning Joe McElderry into a star.
"They've got a contract with Butlins to perform at summer school holiday gigs. And they're still making £100,000 from the X Factor tour - but this is a huge blow."
A spokesperson for Syco confirmed the decision, adding: "We never guarantee contracts for anyone other than the X Factor winner and this year we've decided to focus on Joe.
"However, we understand there is interest in other finalists from many parts of the musical industry and we hope they all do very well."