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Last Updated: Thursday January 11 2007 14:09 GMT

New band to make chart history


A young rock band are set to become the first unsigned group ever to have a top 40 hit, thanks to new chart rules.

Koopa's single Blag, Steal & Borrow is only available as a download but early sales figures show it should enter the charts inside the top 40 on Sunday.

Chart rules changed in January to allow downloads to be included even if a CD version isn't in shops to buy.

Brothers Ollie and Stu Cooper formed Koopa in Essex with their friend Joe Murphy seven years ago.

Although they don't have a record deal, they have earned lots of fans over the years through live gigs and the internet.

Getting into the charts without a record deal is really good as most bands are signed to record companies who help promote their music and finance their videos.

Koopa's manager said it was like a dream come true.

"It's fantastic. They've always wanted to be the first unsigned band to break the top 40," he said.

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