The Day The Label Died

by M. David Peterson

via Sylvain (thanks, Sylvain!)

Hit Chaser � Blog Archive � History in the making: Unsigned band reaches UK top 40

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!


February 3rd, 1959 was a sad day in the history of music.

Something tells me that January 14th, 2007** won't be thought of in quite the same way. ;)

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SWEET!!! :D
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** 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?

2 Comments

Koopa Slave
2007-01-19 10:30:28
Hey!
Good news indeed!
I'm a friend of the members of Koopa.
At last I've found a mention of the band that says, 'Not my cup of tea, but well done.'
Cheers!
M. David Peterson
2007-01-19 23:06:52
@Koopa Slave,


> I'm a friend of the members of Koopa.


Nice! In fact, I would venture to state that Koopa has suddenly found an entire legion of friends because of what they have accomplished, though the fact that you can attach yourself to them *before* the "big day" is something pretty cool :)


> At last I've found a mention of the band that says, 'Not my cup of tea, but well done.'


Yeah, I think it can easily be stated that regardless of whether or not you are a fan of their music (from what I have heard of them thus far, I like what I hear, personally, but none-the-less...), the very fact that they are the first indy to break into the BBC-UK Top40 goes a long way into providing them props for setting what I think we *ALL* hope will become just as the author of the post linked to above suggests,


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.


That would *ROCK*!!!


Thanks for your comments! And please both congratulate and thank the band for me, would ya? Thanks! :D