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Christian rockers Delirious? enter UK chart
Publicity shot of Christian band Delirious?
Christian band Delirious? split up in 2009 after 17 years together

An online campaign to have a Christian hit at Easter has succeeded in getting a top ten UK chart entry.

Church minister Alistair Kent started the campaign on social networking site Facebook and by Friday, 2 April, 2010, had over 65,000 followers.

On Easter Sunday the single History Maker by Christian band Delirious? entered the charts at number four.

Mr Kent wanted to remind people that Easter is more than "bunnies, egg hunts and a school break".

He said: "It's the message of Christ dying for the sins of mankind and his resurrection that people need to hear."

The Nottingham pastor added: "What better way to get this message across than through the medium of music and the airplay."

Pop trio Scouting For Girls topped of the charts on Sunday, 4 April, with their first number one single, This Ain't A Love Song.

Mr Kent's campaign was inspired by Rage Against The Machine's success in 2009.

The rock band topped the Christmas charts after a drive to prevent an X Factor number one.

Top five singles, 04 April 2010
1. This Ain't A Love Song - Scouting for Girls
2. Telephone - Lady Gaga ft Beyonce
3. She Said - Plan B
4. History Makers - Delirious?
5. Pass Out - Tinie Tempah
Source: Official Charts Company

At its peak 'Rage Against The Machine for Christmas No.1' had over 750,000 members.

The band's single, Killing In The Name, sold 500,000 downloads beating X Factor winner Joe McElderry's The Climb by 50,000 copies to clinch the top spot.

Like Rage Against the Machine, Christian band Delirious? have previously enjoyed chart success, with ten UK chart entries.

They were one of the UK's most popular Christian music bands but in 2009 they announced that, after 17 years together, they were going their separate ways.

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