Simon Cowell Rages Against Campaign to Top Christmas Pop Charts

Christmas in Britain is a time of tradition. There's goose and mincemeat pie, there's Boxing Day -- and there's the race to the top of the pops. Music fans and oddsmakers spend the weeks before the holiday theorizing about what single will take the sales-only U.K. Singles Chart's top spot during Christmas week, an honor that's conferred annually by a frenzy of last-minute holiday shoppers. Past chart-topppers have included Band Aid's 1984 charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (and
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