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Theory of a Deadman Celebrates Third Decade of Topping Mainstream Rock Songs Chart

Theory Of A Deadman
Jimmy Fontaine

Theory of a Deadman

"History of Violence" hits No. 1.

Theory of a Deadman is back atop Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, as "History of Violence" rises 2-1 on the Feb. 22-dated ranking, becoming the band's fourth leader on the list.

The Canadian group first topped Mainstream Rock Songs with "Bad Girlfriend" for two weeks in 2008. "Low Life" led for three weeks in 2011, followed by "Rx (Medicate)" for six weeks in 2017.

The band is already the third act to have spent time atop Mainstream Rock Songs in the 2000s, '10s and '20s, following Shinedown, whose "Attention Attention" led the Feb. 1 chart, and Ozzy Osbourne, whose "Under the Graveyard" reigned for six weeks in December and January.

Concurrently, "History of Violence" rises 15-13 on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay survey, with 3.7 million audience impressions, up 4%, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, largely due to its mainstream rock support, as well as a sampling of alternative play.

The song is the lead single from Say Nothing, Theory of a Deadman's seventh studio album. The set debuted at No. 5 on the Alternative Albums chart dated Feb. 15 with 8,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week.