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G.R.L. enter UK chart after singer Simone Battle's death

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Image caption G.R.L., with Simone Battle pictured second right, were originally put together to be the new Pussycat Dolls

Pop group G.R.L. have gone to number 11 in the UK singles chart, two days after one of their members was found dead.

Simone Battle, 25, who joined the group after being a finalist on The X Factor USA in 2011, was found dead at her home in Los Angeles on Friday.

Her death, which has since been ruled a suicide, came as their full debut track Ugly Heart is starting to take off.

Their only previous UK chart appearance was as guest performers on Pitbull's number six hit Wild Wild Love in May.

The four remaining members of the group said in a statement that "words cannot express the depth of our loss" and "we will carry her memory with us in everything we do".

Meanwhile, X Factor judge Simon Cowell said Battle's death was "such a loss".

G.R.L. were put together by Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin and were originally intended to be a new version of the Pussycat Dolls after that group split up.

Battle's death was ruled a suicide by hanging by Los Angeles authorities on Sunday.

French-Israeli duo Lilly Wood and German producer Robin Schulz remained at number one on this week's single's chart for a second week with Prayer In C, according to the Official Charts Company.

The rest of the Top Five comprised Won't Look Back by Duke Dumont, Superheroes by The Script, Black Widow by Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora, and Sam Smith's I'm Not the Only One.

On the album chart, Smith regained the number one spot with In the Lonely Hour, pushing last week's chart-toppers Royal Blood into second place.

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