Eagles of Death Metal Enter U.K. Midweek Chart After Paris Terrorist Attacks

Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon and Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes on "TFI Friday"

The Eagles of Death Metal have cracked the U.K.’s midweek singles chart following last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. 

An online campaign to get the band’s cover of Duran Duran’s "Save a Prayer" into the singles chart is gathering pace, with more than 11,000 followers and the track now entering the new Official Chart Update at No. 96. 

Duran Duran has since announced they would donate all publishing royalties from the song to a charity “to aid the people of France.”

The cover of Duran Duran's classic Rio-era ballad entered the mainstream when Eagles of Death Metal joined the British pop-rock veterans last month for an unexpected performance on Britain’s TFI Friday. The song appeared on Eagles of Death Metal's most recent album, Zipper Down, which peaked at No. 59 on the Billboard 200 in October.

The American rockers were caught up in a massacre in Paris last week when their headline concert at music venue Le Bataclan was targeted by terrorists. Though the band members escaped without serious injury, 87 onlookers were killed including the group’s 36-year-old merchandise manager Nick Alexander.

Organizers of the online campaign “Save a Prayer for U.K. No. 1” say the initiative was a gesture of support for the band and for those affected in the Nov. 13 attacks, in which 129 were killed in a series of incidents across the French capital.

The full Official Singles Chart Top 100 will be published late Friday local time.


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