Tuesday 20 March 2018

Facebookers plan to silence X-mas factor

This Christmas it really could be a silent night if online campaigners get their way, writes Ella Pickover.

Facebook users are attempting to make four-and-a-half minutes' silence the prestigious Christmas number one in the charts.

Nearly 30,000 people have signed up to the campaign, which aims to get the late experimental composer John Cage's silent piece '4'33"' to the festive top spot.

The winner of 'The X Factor' is usually expected to be one of the strongest contenders in the late December charts, but last year, rap metal act Rage Against the Machine snatched the Christmas number one from Joe McElderry.

The band beat 'The X Factor' winner with their 1992 hit, 'Killing In The Name' after an online campaign.

Internet users are hoping for the same success this year with Cage's "avant-garde silence".

"On the week beginning December 13, the usual chart battle for Christmas number one begins . . . let's make it a silent night on Radio 1," it reads on the page.

Cage composed his work in 1952. The score, which can be played by any instrument, instructs musicians not to play their instruments for the duration of the piece.

Irish Independent

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