Viola Beach are on course to enter this week’s Official Singles Chart Top 40 after all four members and their manager were killed in a tragic accident over the weekend.
As previously reported, the band, comprising of members Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin, plus their manager Craig Tarry were killed in a car crash in Sweden when their car plunged 80ft off a bridge in Stockholm.
Police previously said that the car hit a barrier and fell through a gap in the bridge which had opened up to let a passing boat through, with an inquiry into the incident now set to take place.
In wake of the tragedy, the Official Charts Company has confirmed that their debut single ‘Swings & Waterslides’ is already at Number 39 on today’s Official Chart Update (February 15) – just a day after news of the accident broke.
The song is expected to continue to climb up this week’s chart as public support and fan-led campaigns continue to grow, with ‘Swings & Waterslides’ final position to be confirmed on Friday (February 19).
The group’s record label Communion have confirmed that the proceeds from sale of singles will go to the families of the band and manager.
Elsewhere on this week’s Official Chart Update, Danish band Lukas Graham are set to continue their reign at Number 1 for a second week with ‘7 Years’, and Zayn Malik‘s ‘Pillowtalk’ holds at Number 2.
The rest of the Top 5 remains unchanged: Jonas Blue & Dakota’s ‘Fast Car’ at Number 3, Rihanna’s ‘Work’ at Number 4 and Shawn Mendes’ ‘Stitches’ at Number 5.
Meanwhile, over on the Official Albums Chart Update, Adele‘s ’25’ looks set to reclaim the top spot, five weeks after it last hit Number 1.
Also eyeing a place at the top this week is Ronan Keating, who lands at Number 2 with his tenth solo album ‘Time Of My Life ‘ and is just 4,000 combined sales behind Adele.
David Bowie’s ‘Best Of Bowie’ holds at Number 3, Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ is at Number 4, and Bowie’s final LP ‘Blackstar’ completes the Top 5.