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Green Day's 'American Idiot' Surges on Rock Charts Following UK Trump Protests

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Green Day photographed on Sept. 16, 2004.

The 2004 song bounds onto Hot Rock Songs, up 322 percent in sales.

Green Day's "American Idiot" is back on the Billboard charts, as the lead single from the band's 2004 album of the same name returns on multiple July 21-dated tallies, thanks to sales and streaming gains attributed to the song's role in protests against President Donald Trump in the United Kingdom.

"Idiot" debuts at No. 23 on Hot Rock Songs (which began in 2009 and allows older songs to chart if ranking in the top 25 and have a meaningful reason for their return), surging by 22 percent to 1.4 million U.S. streams and 322 percent to 2,000 downloads sold in the week ending July 12, according to Nielsen Music. The latter metric helps the song to debut on both the Alternative Digital Song Sales and Rock Digital Song Sales charts at Nos. 17 and 23, respectively.

The gains follow a campaign to send the song to No. 1 in the United Kingdom, coinciding with Trump's visit there earlier this month; it returns at No. 25 on the latest Official UK Singles chart.

Upon its release in 2004, "Idiot" hit No. 1 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart, leading for six weeks beginning that September. It also reached No. 5 on Mainstream Rock Songs, marking the band's first top five hit on the survey in nearly a decade.

The song preceded the release of American Idiot, Green Day's seventh studio album. The set launched No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Green Day's first of three leaders, and spawned other hit singles, including the band's highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 hit, the No. 2-peaking "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." The song crowned Alternative Songs for 16 weeks and crossed over for a four-week reign atop Pop Songs.

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