via Sylvain (thanks, Sylvain!)
This is a fabulous piece of news and a great way to start the week: NME reports that for the first time in history, an unsigned band reaches the UK top 40 chart! This miraculous event is due to a decision made earlier this year to begin and compile online mp3 sales figures (online downloads) into the chart. Soon enough - mark my words - the UK top 40 will be dominated by unsigned indie bands. Record labels will have to work much harder to compete. Everyone benefits. So get used to hearing the name Koopa. I have to admit that this sort of pop punk (I would call it commercial punk, but these guys don’t have a label) isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but right now, Koopa are my champions!
Something tells me that January 14th, 2007** won’t be thought of in quite the same way. ;)
** This currently links to the “The Official UK Singles Chart : 14.01.2007″, starting at #ThirtyOne, which is currently held by Koopa — an unsigned band from the UK. However, this is the permalink for the chart itself, not the actually historical archive for this week. I am not immediately finding the historical charts, which would obviously be the proper place to link to. Anybody know where I can find the BBC Top40 historical archives?