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Unsigned band make chart history
Koopa
Koopa have been together for seven years
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.

At the top of the charts, X Factor winner Leona Lewis made it four weeks at number one with A Moment Like This.

Mika, winner of the BBC's Sound of 2007 survey of new talent, has the highest new entry at three with his single Grace Kelly, while Eric Prydz was at number two with Proper Education.

TOP FIVE SINGLES
1. A Moment Like This - Leona Lewis
2. Proper Education - Eric Prydz vs Floyd
3. Mika - Grace Kelly
4. Just Jack - Starz In Their Eyes
5. Patience - Take That
Source: Official UK Charts Company

The second highest new entry was Just Jack at four with Starz In Their Eyes, pushing Take That's Patience to number five.

Amy Winehouse climbed to the top of the album chart with her latest offering Back to Black.

James Morrison's Undiscovered rose three places to number two, Snow Patrol's Eyes Open was a non-mover at three and Take That's Beautiful World fell from the top slot to number four.

Koopa have benefited from a change in chart rules introduce on the 1 January.

Before that date an artist needed to release singles on CD or another physical format - and therefore have a record deal - to qualify for the chart.

Record deal

Singer and bassist Joe Murphy told the BBC News website it was all down to their manager and "awesome" fans.

"Without them we would not have done it," he said.

"Just four days ago nobody had heard of us, now it seems like everyone has. I can't get my head around it."

Murphy added that they had been contacted by a number of big record labels, including one who recently turned them down.

There is also talk of a US label flying them out to America for talks.

Koopa, from Colchester, have been together for seven years in various forms and have built up a fanbase on the internet and on the live circuit.

They have played almost 500 gigs in the past three years, including a headline show at the Mean Fiddler in London last summer.


SEE ALSO
Unsigned band set to crash charts
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HMV drops official singles chart
09 Jan 07 |  Entertainment
Top 40 change helps Snow Patrol
08 Jan 07 |  Entertainment
Singer Mika tops BBC talent list
04 Jan 07 |  Entertainment
Chart revamp puts downloads first
29 Dec 06 |  Entertainment
Downloads set for chart dominance
19 Sep 06 |  Entertainment

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