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Pretty Reckless Only Female-Fronted Band to Top Mainstream Rock With First 2 Hits

The Pretty Reckless performs at the Music Hall of Williamsburg
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April 16:  Taylor Momsen of the Pretty Reckless performs at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York.  

The Taylor Momsen-fronted group tops Mainstream Rock Songs for a second time. Plus, chart action from The New Pornographers, Hozier & Slipknot.

As the Pretty Reckless' "Messed Up World" hops 4-1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart dated Sept. 13, the group becomes the only female-fronted band to top the list with its first two hits.

"Messed Up World" follows "Heaven Knows" which reached No. 1 in March, making the group (fronted by Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen) only the second act to reach No. 1 with a female vocalist (following Halestorm, fronted by Lizzy Hale, which led the chart in April 2013 with "Freak Like Me") since 1990, when Alannah Myles' "Black Velvet" topped the chart for two weeks.

The band is also just the second female-fronted group to notch two No. 1s in a row at the format. The Pretenders, led by Chrissie Hynde, also achieved the feat with "Don't Get Me Wrong" (for three weeks in November 1986) and "My Baby" (for two weeks in January 1987). Stevie Nicks is the only other female lead to score two No. 1s -- though not consecutively -- with "Talk to Me" in 1985 and "Rooms on Fire" in 1989.

'Brill' Busts In: On Top Rock Albums, the New Pornographers arrive at No. 3 with Brill Bruisers, selling 16,000 in the week ending Aug. 31, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Over on the Billboard 200, the set's No. 13 entry gives the band its highest rank ever. The title also notches the band its first No. 1 on both Alternative Albums and Vinyl Albums (with 4,000 vinyl copies sold, accounting for 25 percent of sales). The alternative rock supergroup (A.C. Newman, Neko Case and Dan Bejar) previously reached No. 18 on the Billboard 200 and No. 5 on Top Rock Albums with 2010's Together.

Taylor Swift Says Hozier's 'Work' is 'Perfect': On Aug. 28, Lily Aldridge (model and wife to Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill) tweeted a screenshot of her "airplane tune," Hozier's "Take Me to Church." At 3:30 p.m., Taylor Swift replied with "Have you heard @Hozier 'Work Song'? It's the perfect song." and by 7 p.m. that evening, the track shot to No. 1 on the Real Time Billboard Twitter Emerging chart where it held the top slot for the next 22 hours. The track debuts at No. 2 on the weekly recap of the chart and also debuts on Hot Rock Songs at No. 48 with almost 5,000 U.S. downloads sold.

The 'Devil' Debuts: Lastly, metal band Slipknot snatches the Hot Shot Debut (No. 17) on Hot Rock Songs and its highest debut on Mainstream Rock (No. 21) with "The Devil In I," the second single from forthcoming fifth studio album .5: The Gray Chapter. The track also debuts at No. 1 on Hard Rock Digital Songs, with 17,000 sold.