Hozier, The Offspring & Elle King Surge on Rock Charts
Hozier's "Take Me to Church" spends a 19th week leading Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, tying Lorde's "Royals" (2013) for the third-longest reign. Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" holds the record, having held the No. 1 slot for 23 weeks in 2013. Foo Fighters' "Rope" ranks second with a 20-week command in 2011.Hozier's hit, first released in late 2013 and on his self-titled debut full-length, currently ranks at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 after peaking at No. 2. He performed it in a medley with Annie Lennox on the Grammy Awards on Feb. 8.
OFFSPRING'S BACK ON: The Offspring's "Coming for You" debuts at No. 30 on Hot Rock Songs, powered mostly by 8,000 downloads sold in the week ending Feb. 22, according to Nielsen Music.
The song is the metal-tinged, alt-punk band's first new material since its ninth album, Days Gone, in 2012. The group has not yet announced if the new song will precede a 10th studio album. However, after six albums on Columbia Records, the single is its first release on an independent label (Time Bomb) since 1994's Smash (on Epitaph), dating to its 1989 self-titled debut.
"Coming for You" also rises 23-13 on Mainstream Rock Songs and 31-27 on Alternative Songs. On the latter chart, The Offspring has landed three No. 1s, most recently (for eleven weeks) 2008's "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid." The band previously reigned with its first entry, "Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)," for two weeks in 1994 and "Hit That" (Feb. 14, 2004).
Now with 27 Alternative Songs entries, the Offspring and R.E.M. are tied for sixth place among acts with the most visits since the chart began in 1988. U2 leads with 41, followed by Pearl Jam (38), Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers (30 each) and Foo Fighters (29).
STARTING 'UP': Passion Pit starts at No. 31 on Hot Rock Songs with "Lifted Up (1985)," with 56 percent of its chart points from streaming (549,000 U.S. streams, with 62 percent of streams from Spotify).
The alt-pop act, fronted by Michael Angelakos, last hit the chart with 2013's "Carried Away" (No. 24). It notched its highest-charting Hot Rock Songs entry with 2012's "Talk a Walk" (No. 9).
CHART QUEEN: On Top Rock Albums, Elle King's debut full-length Love Stuff launches at No. 8 with 8,000 sold. The singer/songwriter's mix of folk-rock and retro-soul also starts at No. 5 on Alternative Albums. The title's first single, "Ex's & Oh's," debuts No. 36 on Hot Rock Songs and holds at No. 29 on Adult Alternative Songs.
SISTER ACT: Twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Dia's self-titled debut as Ibeyi (which means "twins" in Yoruban) debuts at No. 11 on Alternative Albums (4,000 sold). The daughters of Miguel "Anga" Diaz, a performing member of Buena Vista Social Club, melded jazz, soul and R&B with electronic elements to craft an experimental sound on the set.