Muse Leads Alternative Songs, Breaking Benjamin Returns
Muse notches its third No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs airplay chart with "Dead Inside." The British band previously led with "Uprising" for 17 weeks in 2009, and "Madness" (19 weeks, 2012). The former earned the honor of the top title of the chart's first 25 years, as compiled by Billboard in 2013, while the latter holds the record for longest run at No. 1."Dead" also leaps 4-1 on Rock Airplay (10 million in audience, up 10 percent, according to Nielsen Music), marking Muse's second leader ("Madness" ruled for 12 weeks).
"Dead" previews the Matt Bellamy-led group's seventh studio album, Drones, co-produced by Mutt Lange (due June 9). The band's previous release, The 2nd Law, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, becoming its highest-charting set.
'FAILURE' = SUCCESS: Breaking Benjamin scores its first Mainstream Rock Songs leader in more than five years with "Failure." The hard rock band previously reached the summit with "Breath" (2007) and "I Will Not Bow" (2009).
"Failure" is the lead single from Dark Before Dawn (June 23), the group's first studio album since 2009's Dear Agony.
GOOD MORNING: My Morning Jacket starts at a career-best No. 2 rank on Top Rock Albums with The Waterfall (33,000 sold). The band previously charted as high as No. 3 with 2011's Circuital. The new set, which debuts on the Billboard 200 at No. 11, is the Jim James-fronted group's seventh album dating to its 1999 debut, The Tennessee Fire.EVERY SONG A HIT: As Mumford & Sons' new album Wilder Mind starts atop the Billboard 200 with 249,000 equivalent album units, it likewise launches at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums, with 231,000 in traditional album sales. The latter sum is the largest for a rock album since Coldplay's Ghost Stories arrived at No. 1 on the June 7, 2014-dated Top Rock Albums chart with 383,000 sold.
On Hot Rock Songs, all 12 tracks from Wilder Mind simultaneously chart (eight songs debut, joining four previously charting tracks). The release's lead single "Believe" rises 8-5, sporting a 97 percent increase to 2.7 million U.S. streams. The band nearly bests its own record for most concurrent titles on Hot Rock Songs: it charted 14 at the same time in October-November 2012 following the release of its prior studio album, Babel.