Florence + The Machine Tops Rock Chart, Blur Debuts
Florence + The Machine propels 3-1 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart with "What Kind of Man," the Florence Welch-led act's third leader on the list. The group first reigned with "Dog Days Are Over" (three weeks, 2011) and "Shake It Out" (also three, 2012). On Alternative Songs, "Man" reached No. 8 (April 11), tying "Dog" for the band's highest peak at the format.The act's new topper, whose cinematic video boasts nearly 8 million worldwide YouTube views, previews its third full-length album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, due June 2. Its previous set, Ceremonials, debuted at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with 105,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music, in November 2011.
'Renegades' Drive: X Ambassadors' "Renegades" hits a new high on Hot Rock Songs (9-5), adding top Digital Gainer honors for its 20 percent increase to 40,000 downloads sold. The track also surges 32-19 on Alternative Songs and 42-20 as the Greatest Gainer on Rock Airplay (3 million in audience, up 129 percent).
The Brooklyn group previously visited Hot Rock Songs last year with the No. 10 hit "Jungle" (with Jamie N Commons). It releases its first full-length, VHS, June 23.
"Renegades" additionally placed at No. 3 on the March Billboard & Clio Music's Top Commercials ranking, powered by Shazam, thanks to its synch in a Jeep ad, in which the band drives a Jeep Renegade (hence, the song's tie-in) to a gig and performs the track.
'Whip'-lash: Blur scores its highest debut and rank on the Billboard 200 (No. 24) and starts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums with The Magic Whip (15,000 in pure album sales). On the UK Albums Chart, the set marks the British alt band's sixth No. 1, following Parklife (1994), The Great Escape (1995), Blur (1997), 13 (1999) and Think Tank (2003).
Blur's eighth studio album marks its first in 12 years (Think Tank opened at No. 56 on the Billboard 200 with 20,000 sold) and first release as a four-piece since 13 in 1999. The band has notched five Alternative Songs hits, including the top 10s "There's No Other Way" (No. 5, 1991), "Girls & Boys" (No. 4, 1994) and "Song 2" (No. 6, 1997).