Twenty One Pilots Replace Themselves, Again, Atop Hot Rock Songs Chart

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Twenty one pilots in the video for "Heathens."

"Heathens" hits No. 1, replacing "Ride" … which unseated "Stressed Out." See a pattern?

Same band, same position, different tune. That's what's going on atop Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart (dated Aug. 27), as Twenty One Pilots snag their third No. 1 on the ranking with "Heathens," the duo's single from the Suicide Squad: The Album soundtrack, which rises 2-1.

The Ohio band succeeds itself atop the chart as "Ride," the latest single from its former Billboard 200 No. 1 album Blurryface, falls to No. 2 after nine weeks on top. Replacing oneself at the peak of Hot Rock Songs? A rare feat. You know what's even rarer ... and, in fact, a first as of the Aug. 27 chart? Doing so twice in a row; when "Ride" rode to No. 1 on the June 25-dated chart, it dethroned previous Blurryface single "Stressed Out," which reigned for 23 frames. Blurryface has sold 1.06 million copies in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen Music.

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As the Pilots' three-peat marks the first time that an act has led successively with three No. 1s on Hot Rock Songs, the chart has been ruled by the duo for the last 15 weeks and 33 of the last 34; the only disruption was on the May 14-dated chart, when "Stressed" was ousted for a week by Prince and the Revolution's 1984 classic "Purple Rain," following radio, sales and streaming gains after the singer's April 21 death. (The No. 1 song before Twenty One Pilots' 33-of-34-weeks command? Elle King's "Ex's & Oh's," which wrapped a 10-week rule on Jan. 2, 2016.)

More new heights for Twenty One Pilots: With "Heathens," the act extends its record for the most weeks at No. 1 on Hot Rock Songs to 33 (since the chart debuted in June 2009). Foo Fighters follow, having ruled for 30 total weeks.

The Hot Rock Songs coronation of "Heathens" accompanies the song reaching a new peak of No. 4, surging from No. 11, on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the duo's third Hot 100 top 10, following "Stressed" (No. 2) and "Ride" (No. 6). As previously reported, by slotting both "Heathens" and "Ride" in the Hot 100's top 10 simultaneously (at Nos. 4 and 7, respectively), Twenty One Pilots become the first alternative duo or group ever to place two songs in the top 10 in the same week. The twosome is also the first overall rock duo or group to do so since Santana (with "Smooth" and "Maria Maria") for six weeks in February and April 2000.

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"Heathens" leads Rock Digital Songs and Alternative Digital Songs for a fourth week each (89,000 downloads sold, up 33 percent), as well as Rock Streaming Songs for a fourth week (19.2 million U.S. clicks, up 39 percent). On Rock Airplay, it rises 5-4 (11 million in audience, up 6 percent), bolstered by its 4-3 lift on Alternative Songs.

The Suicide Squad soundtrack launches No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 182,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 11; the movie opened Aug. 5. The set also starts at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums with 128,000 in pure sales.