Ozzy Osbourne's 'Under the Graveyard' Is His First Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1 Since 2010

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Ozzy Osbourne attends the Billy Morrison - Aude Somnia Solo Exhibition at Elisabeth Weinstock on Sept. 28, 2017 in Los Angeles.

It zooms to the top in its fifth week, the chart's fastest coronation in three years.

Ozzy Osbourne closes out the decade where he began: atop Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart.

"Under the Graveyard," from the legendary rocker's forthcoming album Ordinary Man, jumps 4-1 on the Dec. 14-dated survey. The song is his first leader on the list since "Let Me Hear You Scream," which ruled for four weeks in July 2010.

Osbourne's latest hit is also the fastest-flying Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1 in over three years, taking over the chart in just five weeks. It completes the quickest coronation since Green Day's "Bang Bang," which took three weeks in August-September 2016.

On a chart long dominated by bands, Osbourne scores the first Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1 by a single soloist and no accompanying acts since his own "Let Me Hear You Scream." He and Slash are the only two solo artists in lead roles to top the tally all decade; the latter led with two songs in that span, in 2012 and 2014 (both featuring his backing band, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators). Slightly amusing connection: Slash's fellow Guns N' Roses member Duff McKagan plays bass on "Under the Graveyard."

At 71, Osbourne is among the senior-most artists ever to rule Mainstream Rock Songs. This year alone, Brian May was also 71 when Five Finger Death Punch's "Blue on Black," on which he's featured, led for five weeks in June and July.

Osbourne now has three Mainstream Rock Songs leaders. He first ruled with "I Don't Wanna Stop," a five-week No. 1 in July-August 2007. His first chart entry, "Crazy Train," rolled to No. 9 in July 1981, the first year of the tally's existence.

Adding to his haul, Osbourne charts three titles on the latest ranking. In addition to "Under the Graveyard," "Straight to Hell" rises 28-27, while Post Malone's "Take What You Want," featuring Osbourne alongside Travis Scott, ranks at No. 31, after reaching No. 28.

On the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, "Under the Graveyard" places at No. 13 with 4.1 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music.

Ordinary Man, Osbourne's first solo full-length since 2010's Scream, is expected in January. His last studio album overall was with Black Sabbath, which released 13 in 2013.


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