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Radiohead Scores Two Top 10s on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks Chart

Radiohead, "Moon Shaped Pool"
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Radiohead, "Moon Shaped Pool"

Radiohead becomes the first rock group to clinch two concurrent top 10 hits on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart, as the band’s “Burn the Witch” debuts at No. 1 and “Daydreaming” enters at No. 6 on the May 21 ranking.

The two tracks also mark the U.K. group’s debut on the Top Tracks chart, which began in May 2014.

Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks is a weekly ranking of the most shared and/or mentioned songs on Twitter in the U.S., ranked by the volume of shares over a seven-day period (Monday to Sunday).

“Witch” arrived May 3 via digital retailers and streaming services, the same day its Claymation music video premiered. The clip ignited online and raced to more than 11 million global views through May 10. “Daydreaming” followed three days later with its video, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Both tracks previewed the group’s A Moon Shaped Pool, which was released Sunday (May 8).

Radiohead sparked speculation about possible new music on May 1, when the band’s Twitter and Facebook accounts were scrubbed of all posts and its website became completely white without any explanation. 

The band is set for a tour later this month, with appearances lined up for several major U.S. music festivals including Lollapalooza and Outside Lands.

The whirlwind of activity surrounding the new tracks and album release naturally send the band’s Twitter mentions surging, rocketing to 42,000 for the week ending May 8, according to Next Big Sound. The lads also re-enter at No. 26 on the Social 50 chart.

Rock music also claims a third spot in this week’s top 10 courtesy of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Dark Necessities,” which opens at No. 8. As with Radiohead, “Necessities” becomes the group’s first hit on the Top Tracks survey.

The California rockers announced “Necessities” on their Twitter page on May 2, three days before the track dropped. The single previews the group’s upcoming 12th studio album, The Getaway, due out June 17. The set is produced by Danger Mouse, notably ending a six-album run with producer Rick Rubin dating back to 1991.

The group’s return boosts its Twitter mentions, jumping 675 percent to 15,000 total for the week. The sum pushes the band to a No. 43 re-entry on the Social 50 chart.

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