Rage Against the Machine, a famed politically vocal rock band, have seen a major spike in their streaming numbers amid mass protests.
The music of the band, the critically acclaimed anti-authoritarian outfit who have been heavily celebrated for the revolutionary political views, is being revisited by thousands who are very much in the anti establishment mindset.
While countless people take to the streets around the globe in protest of institutionalised racism and police brutality following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd, Rage have reentered the charts with their 1992 self-titled debut album heading back into the Billboard 200.
According to Billboard, Rage’s music was streamed well over 11 million times during the past week, a figure which marks an astonishing a 62% increase.
“In the tracking week ending June 11, the Los Angeles four-piece racked up 11.1 million on-demand U.S. streams of its material, leaping 15%, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data,” Billboard explained. “That’s after a 62% jump in the tracking week ending June 4 (9.7 million streams).”
‘Killing in the Name’, the bands most famous song which focuses on the topic of police brutality and racism, gained 2.4 million streams and surged 14%.
In other Rage news, In response to the current protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, Travis Barker and Machine Gun Kelly have shared a cover of ‘Killing in the Name’.
Inspired by the protests in Los Angeles, Barker and Kelly joined the march in Hollywood before returning to the studio to put their own unique spin on Rage Against the Machine’s classic.
The song, a protest track first released as the lead single from Rage’s debut self-titled album in 1992, arrives a tragically fitting soundtrack to the current of the current Black Lives Matter movement.
“Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me,” Barker and Kelly announce, a message that rings true as more clashes occur on the streets.
Sharing the clip on YouTube, Barker and Kelly said: “They wrote this song in 1992. Its been 28 years since and every word still applies,” in the description of their cover.
See the song, below.