2019 American Music Awards

Twenty One Pilots Score Third Alternative Songs No. 1 From 'Trench' Album

Brad Heaton  
Twenty One Pilots

The duo lands its sixth total leader.

Twenty one pilots have scored three No. 1s on Billboard's Alternative Songs airplay chart from a single album for the first time, with "The Hype" rising 2-1 on the Nov. 2-dated list.

The coronation follows the three-week reign of the duo's "Chlorine" in April and May and "Jumpsuit," also for three weeks, in July and August 2018. All three songs are from the act's album Trench, which debuted at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums (Oct. 20, 2018). The set has earned 852,000 album units to date, according to Nielsen Music. In between "Jumpsuit" and "Chlorine," second Trench single "My Blood" peaked at No. 2 in December 2018.

Among all acts, Trench is the first set to spin off three Alternative Songs No. 1 since Imagine Dragons' Evolve yielded "Believer," "Thunder" and "Whatever It Takes" in 2017-18.

Meanwhile, twenty one pilots have strung together two consecutive Alternative Songs No. 1s for a second time. Previously, the Columbus, Ohio, act linked three straight No. 1s, in 2015-16: 12-week leader "Stressed Out," "Ride" (seven weeks) and "Heathens" (11).

In all, the twosome has tallied six Alternative Songs leaders, all in the second half of this decade. Only Cage the Elephant, with nine No. 1s, has ruled the list more in the 2010s.

Most Alternative Songs No. 1s, 2010s

9, Cage the Elephant

6, Twenty One Pilots

5, The Black Keys

5, Imagine Dragons

5, Muse

Concurrently, "The Hype" reaches a new No. 2 high on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, garnering 8.9 million audience impressions, up 4%, according to Nielsen Music. The track also spent a week on Pop Songs (No. 39, Oct. 5) and rises to a new No. 28 best on Adult Pop Songs, having previously become the band's first entry on the latter list since "Heathens."


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