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'Sons of Anarchy' Finale Song Debuts on Rock Chart

Sons of Anarchy, 2014.
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Charlie Hunnam as Jax on Sons of Anarchy.

As the bloody motorcycle drama Sons of Anarchy concluded its seven-season run Dec. 9 on FX, its swan song, "Come Join the Murder," debuts at No. 9 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. The original track is credited to the show's house band, the Forest Rangers, and White Buffalo (a.k.a. singer/songwriter Jake Smith). It also starts at No. 93 on the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 93) with 40,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music. 

Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter wrote the lyrics to the more-than-seven-minute track, which closed out the series' finale. The single with be included on the Songs of Anarchy, Vol. 4 soundtrack (due Feb. 24). The release will also include Ed Sheeran's cover of Foy Vance's "Make It Rain," as heard in the Dec. 2 episode; it debuted at No. 34 on the Hot 100 last week with 107,000 sold.

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The Forest Rangers are a group of musicians led by series music supervisor Bob Thiele and have recorded covers and original music for the show (including its theme song) since 2008. They'll release their first album of original music next year.

McCARTNEY'S 'FUTURE': Also on Hot Rock Songs, Paul McCartney's "Hope for the Future" debuts at No. 44, with the majority (38 percent) of its chart points from streaming. In the video for the song, which was written for and appears on the soundtrack to the video game Destiny, McCartney appears as a hologram. The track topped the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 on Dec. 8 and 9.

SMASHING RETURN: Alternative vets the Smashing Pumpkins score the top debut (No. 5) on Top Rock Albums with Monuments to an Elergy (22,000 sold). The band's ninth studio album dating to its 1991 debut also starts at No. 2 on Alternative Albums. Billy Corgan is the only founding member of the band who plays on the new set. He's joined by guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who joined in 2007, and guest rock icon Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) on drums. The Smashing Pumpkins' last studio album, Oceania, debuted at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums in 2012 with 53,000 sold.  

A track from the new set, "One and All," marks the group's first entry on Mainstream Rock Songs since 2008; it ranks at No. 36 after debuting at No. 34 three weeks ago. The band topped the chart for two weeks in 1996 with "1979," which also marked its best peak on the Hot 100 (No. 12). "1979" is from Smashing Pumpkins' only No. 1 on the Billboard 200, 1995's Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.