First Unsigned Band to Hit Top 40

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More proof artists don’t need to sell their souls to corporations anymore: an unsigned band is about to hit the top 40.

Essex rock band Koopa could become the first unsigned group to land a UK top 40 hit thanks to new chart rules.

Their download-only single Blag, Steal & Borrow is on course to enter Sunday’s top 40, early sales figures suggest.

Chart rules were changed at the start of January to count all digital single sales, even if there is no CD version.

Record labels have already contacted them on the strength of this week’s chart showing.

“If someone comes along and gives us an offer, we’ll talk to them,” [singer Joe Murphy said.]

“But it depends whether we need it. If we can get enough exposure and get in the top 40 by the end of the week, do we necessarily need a large label?

“Probably nowadays, no you don’t. We’ll get the exposure ourselves just from being in the charts.”

How fitting that the song itself is anti-label.

You think you have all the power
The public listens to what you allow… yeah…
You use people as your puppets
Churning out your cheesy rubbish!

I’ve heard people bash Filipina gamer-blogger-cosplayer babe Alodia Gosiengfiao for not selling out to desperate TV network ABS-CBN. Clearly, those people are obsolete.

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