Unsigned Band Scores Top 40 Hit
The recent change in chart rules mirrors our shift in buying habits: downloading is here to stay. This is great news for anyone out there with a guitar, recording software, server space, and a dream.
... and they named themselves after a Super Mario Brothers character.
Essex rock band Koopa have made chart history by becoming the first unsigned band to land a UK top 40 hit.
Under new chart rules their download-only single Blag, Steal & Borrow debuted at number 31.
Chart rules were changed at the start of the year to allow digital single sales to count towards a chart position even if there is no CD version.