Saturday, March 24, 2018

Rock & Roll in the NEWS: Where New Rock Meets Old Rock...March 24, 2018 (Pop Evil #1 on Airplay Charts - Pearl Jam Debuts with 43rd Charting Title)

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Pop Evil Hits No. 1 on Mainstream Rock Songs, Godsmack & Shinedown Break Into Top 10

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Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart is a hotbed of activity, led by Pop Evil, which rises to No. 1 on the list dated March 24. The five-piece notches its fifth No. 1 on the list with "Waking Lions," the lead single from the group's self-titled fifth LP.

Pop Evil has earned all its leaders in under five years, having first reigned with "Trenches" in July 2013. The act's history on the chart began in 2008 with the No. 24-peaking "Hero."

"Lions" roared to a No. 15 peak on the all-rock-format-encompassing Rock Airplay chart dated March 17, with 3.8 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music. The song is the band's highest-peaking on the chart since "Footsteps," which strolled to No. 12 in 2015.

Meanwhile, two veteran acts are challenging for the Mainstream Rock Songs throne. Godsmack and Shinedown both break into the top 10 with the lead singles from their latest albums, notching their 23rd top 10s apiece on the chart, which began in 1981.

Godsmack's "Bulletproof" rises 11-7, while Shinedown's "DEVIL," released a week after "Bulletproof" and surges as the chart's Greatest Gainer, shoots 21-9.

The bands now share fifth place with John Mellencamp and Metallica for the most top 10s in the history of the ranking. Tom Petty, solo and with The Heartbreakers, leads with 28.

Godsmack and Shinedown pass Pearl Jam, which has 22 Mainstream Rock Songs top 10s. But that number may not stand for long; the rockers' latest single, "Can't Deny Me," debuts at No. 24, marking the band's 43rd entry, placing it sixth for the most total appearances. It also launches at No. 36 on Alternative Songs as Pearl Jam's 39th entry, second only to U2's 42.
 

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