The Record Company Earns First Adult Alternative Songs No. 1 With 'Off the Ground'

The Record Company
Jacob Blickenstaff

The Record Company

The Los Angeles rockers rise 2-1 with their debut single.

For the second time in 2016, an act hits No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs chart (dated June 4) with its first song to appear on the radio-based ranking. This time, it's Los Angeles' The Record Company, which earns its first No. 1 on the chart with "Off the Ground," the band's debut single, rising 2-1.

The trio follows in the footsteps of Kurt Vile, whose "Pretty Pimpin" hit No. 1 on the chart in March; the Philadelphia-based rocker made his first trip to Adult Alternative Songs with the song (after nearly five years of appearing on various other charts.

To compare, in 2015 the chart saw two rookie No. 1s the entire year: Houndmouth's "Sedona" and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats' "S.O.B." Conversely, 2014 was much more bountiful for new artists, with Bastille's "Pompeii," Sam Smith's "Stay With Me," Hozier's "Take Me to Church," Milky Chance's "Stolen Dance" and George Ezra's "Budapest" all rising to No. 1 in each act's first chart visit.

"Off the Ground" has also shown crossover potential. The track is bubbling under the Mainstream Rock Songs chart this week (up 75 percent in plays), with early champions in the format including WLZX Springfield, Mass. (48 spins in the tracking week), and WMMR Philadelphia (10 plays).

The trio's debut album, Give It Back to You, debuted and peaked at Nos. 5 and 23 on the Heatseekers Albums and Top Rock Albums charts, respectively, dated March 5, with 3,000 copies sold.

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