Wednesday 7 December 2016

Warrington indie band Viola Beach enter top 40 after car crash deaths

Published 15/02/2016 | 18:06

A fan-led campaign is now attempting to get the four-piece to number one (@jholsson/PA)
A fan-led campaign is now attempting to get the four-piece to number one (@jholsson/PA)

Viola Beach have entered the Official Top 40 as fans pay tribute to the band who were tragically killed along with their manager at the weekend.

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The Warrington-based indie band have already placed at number 39 with their single Swings & Waterslides and are expected to rise before Friday's full chart is announced.

The four-piece of Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin were killed alongside their manager Craig Tarry when their car plunged off a bridge into a canal in the early hours of Saturday morning while the band were touring in Sweden.

A fan-led campaign is now attempting to get the four-piece to number one and has already succeeded in getting the song into the iTunes top three. The band's record label Communion have confirmed that the proceeds from the sale of singles will go to the families of the band and manager.

Elsewhere in the charts, Lukas Graham remain at number one for a second week with 7 Years, while Zayn Malik's Pillowtalk looks set to hold firm at two.

Jonas Blue & Dakota's Fast Car stays at three, Rihanna's Work at four and Shawn Mendes's Stitches at five.

In the album charts, Adele's 25 is on course to reclaim the number one spot five weeks after it last topped the charts.

With love in the air around Valentine's Day, 25 could add another week to its seven at the top, although Ronan Keating's new album Time Of My Life debuts just 4,000 combined sales behind in the midweek update.

David Bowie's Best of Bowie stays at three, Justin Bieber's Purpose at four, and Bowie rounds off the top five again with Blackstar.

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