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Morning click: Rage takes down Cowell, Radiohead to start work on new album

RATMRage Against the Machine - England's newest hitmakers.

- [Expletive] you, we won't buy your Simon Cowell nonsense? That's what British consumers said this week as a "guerilla Facebook campaign" (not an oxymoron, apparently) kept Joe McElderry, the latest winner of "X Factor" out of the top chart spot in favor of Rage Against the Machine's 1992 hit "Killing in the Name." For the last four years, the winner of the Simon Cowell-produced televised singing competition entered the Christmas week charts at No. 1. Streak over. As the protest picked up storm, Rage members Zach de la Rocha and Tom Morello lent their support, comparing the effort to battles the Zapatistas waged decades ago. No no no, just kidding about that last part.

- Last week Radiohead's Thom Yorke pulled a Salahi and crashed the Copenhagen climate summit. He was "truly disgusted" by the whole thing. But just yesterday the band's Ed O'Brien wrote on Radiohead's Web site that as the band gets ready to enter the studio next month to record album number eight, "The vibe in the camp is fantastic at present." He offered up no other details, because that's how Radiohead rolls.

- Lil Wayne had to postpone a Texas concert on Friday and was briefly detained by U.S. Border Patrol after marijuana was found on two of the rapper's tour buses. Say it ain't so, Weezy! Some crew members received citations; Wayne did not. But he's got his own legal problems to deal with as he's expected to be sentenced to prison time in New York next month on a 2007 gun charge.

By David Malitz  |  December 21, 2009; 9:55 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Lil Wayne, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Simon Cowell  
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