Fans of the band that was playing at the Bataclan when Islamic State terrorists opened fire on the audience, killing at least 89 people and leaving over 200 wounded, have launched a campaign to get one of the group's songs to number one in the U.K. music charts.
Eagles of Death Metal were directly affected by the terror attack in Paris on Friday night when the group's merchandizing manager Nick Alexander was among those slain by the gunmen. A group of fans has now set up a campaign called Eagles of Death Metal For No.1 to get the song Save a Prayer -- written by Duran Duran -- to number one in the U.K. charts.
The campaign has already seen a lot of success with the song topping both the iTunes Rock charts and the Amazon rock chart. The U.K. singles chart is compiled of a combination of physical sales, MP3 downloads from services like Amazon and iTunes as well as streams on services like Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music with 100 streams equal to one download. All downloads and stream until midnight on Thursday will count toward the chart, which is announced Friday, Nov. 20.
The Official Charts Company, said the group's song had already entered the top 100, in position 96 of the midweek chart, adding it "could climb as more data arrives in from chart-reporting retailers and streaming services throughout the week."
A message posted on the fan group's Facebook page said:
For those unaware, EODM and their fans were the band caught up in the horrific atrocities in Paris this week. We thought it would be a nice gesture to put their brilliant version of Save a Prayer to the UK No 1 spot as a show of support to the band and all of those affected.
For the record no we aren’t associated with the band or their record company, we’re just fans of them that feel happy to be alive, as some of our fellow EODM fans are tragically not now.
Royalties we assume would go to Duran Duran as they wrote the song but that’s not the point of this campaign. This is not for profit or financial gain, just to make a strong statement.
According to one Facebook user, Duran Duran has been informed about the effort but has not released a statement yet. Jon Morter, a DJ who has previously championed campaigns to get songs by Rage Against the Machine and Nirvava to the number slot at Christmas ahead of the latest single from the winner of X-Factor, has also put his weight behind the campaign.