Panic! at the Disco Returns, Awolnation Leads Alternative Songs

Panic at the Disco
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Kenneth Harris and Brendan Urie of Panic! at the Disco performs at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival on Aug. 30, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

Panic! at the Disco scores its best rank on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart (No. 3) and its highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 40) with its first new song in two years, "Hallelujah." The theatrical emo-pop track starts with 69 percent of its chart points from digital sales (71,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music). It also arrives with 2.2 million U.S. streams, including YouTube streams of its official lyric video (which, appropriately, features the prayer hands emoji).The Las Vegas band's most recent album, 2013's Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, opened at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums. The group is currently working on its fifth studio album.

'MOON' SHINES: On the Alternative Songs airplay chart, AWOLNATION's "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)" ascends 2-1, becoming the Aaron Bruno-led act's first leader on the list. It also marks the first No. 1 on the chart for independent label Red Bull Records, a subsidiary of the like-named energy drink.

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AWOLNATION previously charted as high as No. 3 on Alternative Songs with "Not Your Fault" in 2012 but is perhaps best known for "Sail," which reached No. 5 at the format in 2011 before it began its pop crossover-powered 79-week stay on the Hot 100 (through 2014); only Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" (87 weeks) has spent more time on the big chart.

AWOLNATION's second album, Run, debuted at No. 4 on the Top Rock Albums chart dated April 4, and has sold 51,000 in its first six weeks.


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