The chart results stopped counting at midnight apart from the odd digital copy, so the results at the time of writing are known somewhere. Sadly we are not in the magic circle of PR places who are currently sitting on the news until the 7pm embargo time expires (mainly due to the Official Charts Co not being that quick in replying over the last few weeks…!).
So, what can we learn from Betfair and Twitter, two fine examples of citizen journalism and opinion reflection?
Nigel Pauley, the ‘veteran showbiz hack’ claims via his twitter “RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE TOP CHARTS – official. By around 52,000 copieson last figures… “
and Paulhitsheet who is a “well connected publisher of tastemaking subscriber based music magazine hit sheet” claims “502,672 vs 450,838 but i’m not saying who or what those statistics mean. Go figure it out yourselves but one nil to the real evil empire!!!! “
The difference between the Paulhitsheet figures is 51,834 which is close enough to Nigel Pauley’s 52,000 to make us think they have seen the same stats.
This, added into the stupidly low odds on Betfair for a RATM win, would point towards a RATM win.
Therefore, at 3:30pm , Music.co.uk is calling the race in favour of Rage!
Can we now get back to some non Sony based music?
EDIT 4:05pm : BETFAIR SUSPEND BETS – GAME OVER X FACTOR!
EDIT 4:15pm : Loads more sources being dug out from earlier, eg Tom Warren who had a copy of the embargoed press release. Respected writer from decent website etc etc.
EDIT 4:45 : Ok , last update for you all doubters! Andy Copping, ‘Festival booker for Download Festival and Promoter for Live Nation’ has posted on his twitter saying “You may hear this here first…RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE are No.1 in the UK charts…this news is monumental!!” , and does state ” Do not fear, the free gig is being worked on ” , “You’ll have to await news on the free gig but we’re working on it right now ”
What more ‘proof’ do you need?!
EDIT 6:48pm : There you go… ! Woz the Music.co.uk Wot Won It