Weezer, Cage the Elephant Lead Rock Chart Debuts

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Weezer's single, "Thank God for Girls."

The veteran acts introduce new songs, while St. Lucia & Grimes also notch first Hot Rock Songs entries.

Dig into your celebratory cannoli, because Weezer is back.

"Thank God for Girls," which has not yet been confirmed as part of the band's 10th studio album, ties Weezer's best Hot Rock Songs bow, entering at No. 21 on the chart dated Nov. 14. The debut matches the start of 2009's "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" and 2014's "Back to the Shack." The former eventually peaked at No. 3; the latter, No. 13.

The new track, which benefits from a surreal, cannoli-filled lyric video released Oct. 25, also debuts at No. 15 on Rock Airplay with 4.4 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music; No. 20 on Alternative Songs, where it's the band's 24th entry dating to its 1994 arrival; and No. 29 on Rock Digital Songs (5,000 sold).

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"Thank God for Girls" has paired with "Do You Wanna Get High?" (premiered Nov. 3 on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show) as follow-ups to 2014's Everything Will Be Alright in the End, although the band confirmed in an interview with Lowe that new album plans are still up in the air. The band is currently label-less after releasing its 2014 LP on Republic.

A FINE 'MESS': Despite less than four full days of radio airplay after its Oct. 29 release, Cage the Elephant's "Mess Around" debuts on two airplay charts. The Dan Auerbach-produced track (The Black Keys' frontman also plays the guitar solo) bows at No. 23 on Alternative Songs and at No. 27 on Rock Airplay (2.9 million in audience), marking the band's second-best debut on Alternative Songs, following 2010's "Shake Me Down" (No. 22), and its top arrival on Rock Airplay.

"Mess Around" previews Tell Me I'm Pretty, the Kentucky rockers' fourth studio album, due Dec. 18 and produced by Auerbach.

FIRSTS: Jean-Philip Grobler, better known as St. Lucia, visits his first Billboard song charts thanks to new single "Dancing on Glass," released Oct. 21. The track debuts at No. 32 on Hot Rock Songs and Nos. 21 and 23 on Alternative Digital Songs and Rock Digital Songs, respectively, with sales of 5,000. The song is currently unattached to any larger projects; a follow-up to his 2013 debut full-length When the Night (which hit No. 6 on Heatseekers Albums) has not been announced.

Meanwhile, on Nov. 6, Grimes will drop Art Angels, her fourth LP. Just in time for its release, the Canadian-born Claire Boucher debuted "Flesh without Blood," which becomes her first song to hit the rock charts, entering Hot Rock Songs at No. 38. The track, also new on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 25, begins on the strength of its video, which drew 579,000 U.S. streams in the tracking week.


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