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Viola Beach miss out on top spot despite fan campaign

Published 19/02/2016

Tomas Lowe, a member of indie band Viola Beach
Tomas Lowe, a member of indie band Viola Beach

Viola Beach have not reached number one, despite a fan-led campaign to pay tribute to the band who were killed in a car crash at the weekend.

The indie band made their official singles chart top 20 debut at number 11 with their song Swings & Waterslides, but failed to break the top 10.

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 Sweden in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Musicians including Paloma Faith, Gabrielle Aplin, The Stone Roses, Kasabian and Liam Gallagher called on their followers to help with the campaign to get them to number one.

Following news of the tragedy, Swings & Waterslides entered the official singles chart and had reached number nine by Wednesday, according to figures from the Official Charts Company - but it slipped down to 11 by the end of the week.

However, the single remains at the top of the iTunes songs chart after reaching number one on Thursday.

The band's record label Communion has confirmed that the proceeds from the sale of singles will go to the families of the band and their manager.

Danish quartet Lukas Graham retained the top spot with their single, 7 years.

Frontman Lukas Graham said: "We're surprised, ecstatic, vibrant and exultant about the success of 7 years! It's very satisfying when you see your song at the top of the charts.

"7 Years seems to have attracted a lot of age groups - people seem to see their own lives in the song and it's great to see so many people reacting in that way to it."

The single racked up 134,000 combined sales, including 5.18 million streams, to hold the top spot.

This is almost 30,000 more than their total last week, which also earned them a number one.

Adele has also reclaimed her spot at the top of the official albums chart, returning to number one with 25 after losing out to David Bowie and Coldplay in the last five weeks.

This is 25's eighth non-consecutive week at number one.

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