AuthorsDen.com   Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Mary Adair, iSubbarao Mukkavilli, iCarol Fowler, iDr. Stanley Crawford, iD.L. Carroll, iMarie Wadsworth, iSheri Hoff, i

  Home > Blogs Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Susan M Phillips

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Success story
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· 54 Titles
· 135 Reviews
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Dec, 2001

Susan M Phillips, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.



Books by Susan M Phillips




Blogs by Susan M Phillips

Making History
12/23/2009 10:45:39 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Something happened in the UK this week that made history.
Every year for the past four years, the Christmas No. 1 record has been from the winner of a tv contest called the X Factor. This year things changed.

Tracey and Jon Morter started a group on Facebook asking people to buy an old record, Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine (an American rock/rap band). It's quite different from the saccharine offerings usually heard this time of year, being very political and containing the "f" word numerous times. Well, the campaign caught the public's imagination and even though the track dated back to the early 90's and was only available as an mp3 download, they bought and bought.

On the final day, some campaigners organised a mass download of 200,000 copies, clinching the number one slot and making history in 3 ways: the first ever download only number 1, the first ever number 1 resulting from an online campaign and (I believe) the first song to hit number 1 without being directly released. It was available as a back catalogue item and this did not change.

Alongside the campaign, the Morters were asking for donations to a UK charity, Shelter, which helps homeless people across the land. When they learned of this, the band pledged a sizeable share of the "windfall royalties" (from the unexpected sales) to the cause and also promised to play a free concert in the UK. So far Shelter has benefited to the tune of 87,000 and it's hoped the figure will reach 100,00 before Christmas day. It will take longer for the royalties donation, since they are generally paid in arrears, so we won't know the total figure for some time. There is also a petition asking Sony to donate, seing that the band and the artist competing for the top spot are both signed to its labels.

I got involved a couple of weeks ago, but had to wait until this week to buy the song so that it would count in the Christmas chart. It has been a really fascinating experience and brought together nearly a million people in an unexpected cause.


Post a Comment

More Blogs by Susan M Phillips
• Interrogating Ali - an interview with percussionist Ali McMillan - Wednesday, September 21, 2011
• Change of continent? - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• Book Launched - Saturday, July 02, 2011
• Green Living, Sacred Life launch Sat. 2nd July Nuneaton, UK - Monday, June 27, 2011
• Correction to last blog - Monday, March 21, 2011
• Nearly there - Saturday, March 12, 2011
• Happy New Year - Wednesday, December 29, 2010
• Lost a castle, found a forest - Friday, April 09, 2010
• I found my category! - Thursday, April 08, 2010
• New category needed - Wednesday, April 07, 2010
• Raising money to help the homeless and vulnerably housed - Saturday, January 30, 2010
• Happy New Year - Thursday, December 31, 2009
•  Making History - Wednesday, December 23, 2009  
• Change of direction - Thursday, December 17, 2009
• French sojurn - Monday, September 21, 2009
• My poem is going into print - Wednesday, September 02, 2009
• new profile, new photo - Thursday, August 27, 2009
• From sprinting to spinning - Thursday, August 20, 2009
• Sprinting to stand still - Friday, August 14, 2009
• The tortuous route from idea to bookshelf - Wednesday, July 29, 2009
• Terror Scibes Rise Again - Saturday, March 07, 2009
• Happy new year - Thursday, January 01, 2009
• Chritsmas Blog - where's the dictionary? - Monday, December 22, 2008
• Off to Oxford Dance Camp - Thursday, July 31, 2008
• Friends and Gravy - Saturday, July 19, 2008
• Phew - Thursday, May 08, 2008
• missing but still alive - Thursday, April 17, 2008
• Poetry to Form - Sunday, April 13, 2008
• So much to tell, so little time - Sunday, March 30, 2008
• Why the Shrew Had to be Tamed - Monday, March 24, 2008
• Happy Easter William Shakespeare - Saturday, March 22, 2008
• Rock 'n Roll and Education - Wednesday, March 19, 2008
• About that titling experiment...and the other surprise - Saturday, March 15, 2008
• Surprises just seem to happen - Friday, March 14, 2008
• A day in the life of a domestic goddess - Sunday, March 09, 2008
• Blogless - Saturday, March 08, 2008
• Rose Tinted Billows - Tuesday, March 04, 2008
• Aaaaaaaah! - Monday, March 03, 2008
• And today is....... - Thursday, February 28, 2008
• Chocolate Liquor - Thursday, February 21, 2008
• Dogs more interesting than cats? - Wednesday, February 13, 2008
• Titling Experiment - Monday, February 11, 2008
• phhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhew - Sunday, February 10, 2008
• head shock - Sunday, February 10, 2008
• Prosody and page stats - Tuesday, February 05, 2008
• Warrior Camp Episode 2 - Tuesday, August 07, 2007
• Frogs, Fireside Shrews and Earth Toilets at Warior Camp - Sunday, June 10, 2007
• New Computer, clean slate - Saturday, December 30, 2006
• Forgot to mention - Tuesday, November 28, 2006
• I'm Back - Monday, November 27, 2006
• Seasons Greetings - Saturday, December 24, 2005
• Fame is as fame does... - Tuesday, August 02, 2005
• Fame ? - Friday, January 14, 2005
• Sue Phillips Invites..... - Sunday, August 15, 2004
• Brainless but well booted - Friday, January 23, 2004
• Highs and Lows - Tuesday, January 06, 2004
• The Christmas Question Many Parents Dread - Monday, December 22, 2003
• Building blogs - Coventry revisited - Wednesday, December 17, 2003
• Blogged Down - Saturday, December 13, 2003
• Smoke Blog - Sunday, December 07, 2003
• Blogging on - Tuesday, November 25, 2003
• Tangled Webs - Sunday, November 16, 2003
• Dream Scenes revisited - Sunday, November 09, 2003
• Fire works - Saturday, November 01, 2003


The Roots of Reno by Al Moe

The true story of how Reno, Nevada became the "Biggest Little City in the World" through casino owners hard work, intimidation, and treachery...  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members



Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.