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Foo Fighters Rule All Three Rock Albums Charts With 'Medicine at Midnight'

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Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs at Bourbon and Beyond Music Festival at Kentucky Exposition Center, in Louisville on Sept. 20, 2019.

"Medicine at Midnight" crowns Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums & Hard Rock Albums, while "Waiting on a War" leads Hot Hard Rock Songs.

Foo Fighters crown all three of Billboard's rock albums charts with their new LP Medicine at Midnight, while also snagging their first No. 1 on the Hot Hard Rock Songs tally (dated Feb. 20).

The set debuts at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts with 70,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 11, according to MRC Data. Of that sum, 64,000 units comprise album sales.

It's the Dave Grohl-led band's fifth Top Rock Albums No. 1 (the tally began in 2006) and its fifth and sixth, respectively, on Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums (both of which started in 2007). Foo Fighters now lead all acts outright for the most Alternative Albums No. 1s, breaking what was a 15-way tie for the mark. Meanwhile, their six Hard Rock Albums rulers slot them into a four-way tie with Five Finger Death Punch, Linkin Park and Pearl Jam for the record on that ranking. (Their additional leader on Hard Rock Albums is their 2009 Greatest Hits, which reached No. 3 on Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums.)

Concurrently, "Waiting on a War," Medicine at Midnight's current radio single, crowns Hot Hard Rock Songs, marking the band's first No. 1 on the multi-metric chart (which began last June). It reigns with 4.1 million all-format radio audience impressions, 1.1 million U.S. streams and 1,000 downloads sold.

In all, seven of the album's nine songs infuse Hot Hard Rock Songs, including the top two, as "Making a Fire" debuts at No. 2, and four of the top 10.

The multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart features three Foos entries, led by "War" at No. 18, and Hot Alternative Songs houses two.

Airplay-wise, "War" reaches new highs at all three individual rock radio formats, lifting 12-7 on Adult Alternative Airplay, 18-15 on Alternative Airplay and 21-15 on Mainstream Rock Airplay. On the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock Airplay chart, the track rises 8-7 with 3.9 million impressions, up 8%.