Ahead of their highly-anticipated new albums, Green Day and No Doubt rocket onto Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Rock Songs and Alternative radio airplay charts with new singles.
Green Day's "Oh Love" (Warner Bros.) storms Rock Songs at No. 1 with 13 million first-week audience impressions on 145 reporting stations. The track is just the third to open at the summit since the chart - which encompasses airplay on alternative, triple A, active rock and heritage rock stations - launched the week of June 20, 2009. Linkin Park's "The Catalyst" (Aug. 21, 2010) and Foo Fighters' "Rope" (March 12, 2011) previously soared in at No. 1.
"Oh Love" introduces "Uno!" (due Sept. 25), the first of three Green Day albums to be released over a 16-week span. "Dos!" follows on Nov. 13 and "Tres!" arrives on Jan. 15. "I want to write killer songs, but I want them threaded together and to speak to each other within an album, which in this case is basically inside three albums," the band's Billie Joe Armstrong recently told Billboard.
No Doubt concurrently bows on Rock Songs at No. 22 with "Settle Down" (Interscope), the first single from "Push and Shove," the band's sixth studio album, due, like the first of Green Day's three forthcoming albums, Sept. 25. The set is No Doubt's first studio effort since 2001's "Rock Steady." The group performed "Settle" on the Teen Choice Awards, broadcast on Fox TV last night (July 22).
On Alternative, "Oh Love" and "Settle" debut at Nos. 7 and 22, respectively (as Linkin Park's "Burn It Down" ascends 3-1). "Oh Love" marks Green Day's 28th title on the tally (which originated in 1988), while "Settle" is No Doubt's ninth. "Oh Love" arrives as Green Day's 20th Alternative top 10, tying the band with Foo Fighters for the third best-sum. Red Hot Chili Peppers lead with 24 top 10s, followed by U2 (23).
"Settle" additionally enters Adult Top 40 at No. 23 and Mainstream Top 40 at No. 35. On Adult Top 40, the entrance is the highest by a group featuring a female lead vocalist in the chart's 16-year history.
It's not just radio that's heralding No Doubt's return. "I'm obsessed with 'Settle Down' anybody that disagrees is wrong," Lady Gaga, No Doubt's labelmate, posted on her Twitter account on July 19. "no this is not an interscope plug, I'm a fan."
All charts will be refreshed Thursday (July 26) on Billboard.biz, including the Billboard Hot 100, which blends airplay, digital sales (according to Nielsen SoundScan) and streaming data.
Industry sources project 16,000-18,000 in first-week digital sales for "Oh Love" and 80,000-85,000 for "Settle." It appears logical that No Doubt would start with a higher sum, considering the early pop/adult crossover interest for "Settle." That No Doubt has not released new music in much longer than Green Day, whose last studio album arrived in 2009, would also seem to play into a greater first-week digital demand for "Settle."
The sales of "Settle" should enable a debut for the song in the lower half of the Hot 100, while "Oh Love" may not boast enough of a total to reach the list this week. Clearly, both songs are making splashier starts at radio than at retail, a ratio in line with the typical trajectory of rock-based songs, whose sales tend to increase as they cross to pop-based formats.