Friday, November 24, 2017

Rock & Roll in the NEWS: Where New Rock Meets Old Rock...November 24, 2017 (Nothing More - "Go to War")

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Nothing More Scores First Billboard Chart-Topper With 'Go to War'

  Jonny Hawkins of "Nothing More" performs live on SiriusXM's Octane Channel at The Knitting Factory on Sept. 10, 2017 in New York City

Also, a new chart depth for Adult Alternative Songs.

Nothing More notches its first No. 1 song on a Billboard chart, as "Go to War" leads the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay tally dated Dec. 2.

The Texas-based hard rockers reach No. 1 after previously sending three of its first four singles to the chart's top 10, led by the No. 2 peak of "Ballast" (Aug. 23, 2014).

With this new feat, Nothing More becomes the third act to score its first No. 1 on Mainstream Rock Songs in 2017, following Greta Van Fleet ("Highway Tune," Sept. 16) and Ghost ("Square Hammer," Jan. 28). That bests the total from 2016, when Skillet ("Feel Invincible," Nov. 19) and Highly Suspect ("My Name Is Human," Dec. 3) led for the first time; in 2015, four acts earned their first No. 1s.
Concurrently, "Go to War" rises to a new peak, for the song and any of the band's entries (14-13), on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, with 4.3 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music.

Adult Alternative Songs Chart Beefs Up: As of the chart dated Dec. 2, Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs chart increases from 30 to 40 positions, the deepest the ranking has stretched; it began as a 20-position chart in 1996.

The latest list, which is led by U2's "You're the Best Thing About Me" in its seventh week at No. 1, features one act appearing for the first time as a result of the chart's expansion: Hiss Golden Messenger, whose "Domino (Time Will Tell)" bows as the inaugural No. 40.

Stone Temple Pilots Return: Stone Temple Pilots slot their 28th title on Mainstream Rock Songs, as "Meadow" debuts at No. 39. The quartet's first song with new lead singer Jeff Gutt is the lead single from the band's upcoming seventh studio album (which does not yet have a release date), its first full-length since 2010's Stone Temple Pilots.

The band charted a pair of songs in 2013 with Chester Bennington, who took over frontman duties for Scott Weiland for the 2013 EP High Rise. Weiland died on Dec. 3, 2015; Bennington passed this year on July 20.

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