Almost 15 years and eight chart entries into its career, Death Cab for Cutie motors to its first No. 1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Alternative Songs airplay chart, as "You Are a Tourist" lifts 2-1.
While the band, formed in Bellingham, Wash., in 1997, has notched six top 10s, it had not previously peaked higher than No. 5, which it reached with debut chart hit "Soul Meets Body" in 2005.
"Tourist" is the lead single from the group's seventh set, "Codes and Keys," which bowed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 three weeks ago and has sold 152,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Death Cab for Cutie netted its first Billboard 200 No. 1 with 2008's "Narrow Stairs," which has sold 613,000 copies. Dating to its arrival with 1998's "Something About Airplanes," which has shifted 118,000 units, the band has sold 3.4 million albums in the U.S.
"This is our seventh album and now, almost 15 years in, it's still really exciting," bassist Nick Harmer told Billboard.com earlier this year. "There's still so much musical territory to cover together."
The band is currently on tour in Europe, where it will play dates with opening act the Head and the Heart through July 7. Death Cab for Cutie returns to North America for the July 17 Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, followed by 21 summer dates in the U.S. and Canada with opening act Frightened Rabbit.
"You Are a Tourist" concurrently spends an eighth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Triple A adult alternative chart and bullets at No. 3 on Rock Songs.
"What we aspired to in 1998 we have wildly surpassed," says lead singer Ben Gibbard. "And I know we all feel incredibly grateful and lucky this band has been able to have the life that it's had."
All charts will be refreshed Thursday, June 30, on Billboard.com.