Christmas Number 1

This entry was posted on Monday, December 20th, 2010

Well, it’s official, Matt Cardle has got his Christmas number one, despite several attempts to repeat last year’s feat of knocking the X-Factor winner off of pole position (see our article from last year X-Factor vs Rage against the Machine). Perhaps it’s down to the fact that there were multiple attempts, which diluted the efforts of the masses to stick it to Cowell again – the Official Charts don’t release sales figures, but from reputable news sources (The Guardian) we can see that even adding together the various ‘protest’ votes, they’ve not come even close to Matt’s sales this week (he was ~300,000 copies clear of Rhianna who was in the No. 2 spot).

At the end of the day, it’s not all bad – Cowell may be pretty smug this morning, but, at least Matt picked a great song. Not only is it better than some of the rubbish that gets played (can you tell I’m not a pop fan?!), but it’s exposed people to the brilliance that is Biffy Clyro.

I first heard of Biffy when I saw them support Muse at Wembley Stadium back in 2007. At the time, they weren’t even the main support act, but their performance and their songs were incredible, and so on getting home, I promptly ordered their back catalogue off Amazon. A lot of acts seem to release one good album, and that might only have two or three good songs on them, but Biffy have a vast back catalogue, and their debut album is still one of my favourites.

Not only that, but they’ve released an unbelievable 7 songs from their latest album, including Many of Horror that Matt covered as When We Collide. The band are also one of the increasingly rare groups that can actually perform their music live, sound good & entertain the crowd – if you get a chance to see them live – jump on it – it’ll blow your mind how good they are & you’ll understand what a concert’s supposed to be like.

Anyways, enough rambling on from me. I guess the point I wanted to make was that while Matt may have been slagged off a bit, he’s actually done the masses a favour by picking a good song. I hope you all have a lovely time this holiday season & that you get the present you want instead of a pair of socks again – I’m hoping for SyCo & ITV to put on a Battle of the Bands \m/

Merry Christmas

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