Fan-funded record shoots to number 12 in charts

A band's fan-funded debut album has shot to number 12 in the charts - outselling established artists including Daft Punk and Justin Timberlake in the process.

Despite not having the support of a major record label, Hey! Hello!'s self-titled record - funded entirely by the crowd-sourcing website Pledge Music - is currently number 12 in the midweek charts.

The Anglo-American duo behind Hey! Hello!, New York singer Victoria Liedtke and British artist Ginger Wildheart, said it was "amazing" the way the album had been embraced.

Hey! Hello! features New York singer Victoria Liedtke and British artist Ginger Wildheart Credit: PA

Editor-in-chief of Classic Rock Scott Rowley said there was a great irony that the "great record" had been produced by someone who had been discounted as a "lost cause" and "too old" by major record labels.

The growing appeal of the band, who have been described as a cross between ABBA and Green Day, has enabled them to tour the US and Japan, and shoot a video for a new song.

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