UK fans try to push Eagles of Death Metal to No 1
British fans of the US rock band Eagles of Death Metal, which was playing at a Paris concert hall targeted in Friday’s attacks, have started a social media campaign to push one of its songs to number 1. “Get Eagles Of Death Metal to the No.1 this week as a statement of support and peace,” read the description of the campaign @EODMforNo1 on Twitter yesterday. A Facebook page calling on supporters to download the song “Save a Prayer”, a cover of Duran Duran’s hit single of the same name, had more than 6,500 “likes”.
Campaign organizers said that the downloads would be “a nice gesture” and stressed they were not representing the band, who escaped unharmed, and their initiative was not being done for profit. The song is at number 96 in Britain’s charts and climbing, with a new ranking set to be released later yesterday ahead of the official ranking on Friday. The campaign “has started gathering momentum,” the Official Charts Company said in a statement. The song is already at number three on the Amazon UK singles chart and number 1 on the iTunes rock chart. It was at number 35 on the main iTunes chart.
Gunmen attacked an Eagles of Death Metal gig at the Bataclan in Paris on Friday, gunning down fans and blowing themselves up as police stormed the building. The attack claimed 89 lives-by far the worst loss of life of the night. The band, which was formed in 1998 in Palm Desert, California, was celebrating the October release of their album “Zipper Down” with a European tour. The band’s previous highest UK single’s chart position was number 73 with 2006 record “I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)”. The video featured Josh Homme-frontman of Queens of the Stone Age-along with former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl and Hollywood comic actor Jack Black, all of whom have made live cameos with the band. Messages about the campaign were being retweeted on the official account of the British band Duran Duran. It was unclear who would receive the royalties from the increased sales of the single. —
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