Chart Beat

Cage the Elephant & Kaleo Collect New Airplay Chart No. 1s

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Cage The Elephant

Cage pads its lead as the act with the most Alternative Songs No. 1s this decade, while Kaleo tops Rock Airplay for the first time.

Two bands earn No. 1s on Billboard's rock airplay charts (dated Sept. 3), as Cage the Elephant tops Alternative Songs and Kaleo crowns Rock Airplay.

Cage notches its seventh Alternative Songs No. 1, all since 2010, as "Trouble" vaults 4-1 with a 10 percent leap in plays in the week ending Aug. 21, according to Nielsen Music. The Kentucky act pads its mark for the most toppers not only in the 2010s but also in the last 10 years (since August 2006). In the '10s, Muse and The Black Keys share second place with four each; in the past 10 years, Foo Fighters rank second with six No. 1s.

Since the Alternative Songs chart began with the list dated Sept. 3, 1988, Cage the Elephant boasts the sixth-most No. 1s overall. Red Hot Chili Peppers lead with 13, followed by Linkin Park (11), Foo Fighters (10), Green Day (nine) and U2 (eight).

"Trouble" is the second Alternative Songs No. 1 from the band's album Tell Me I'm Pretty, following "Mess Around," which also reached No. 1 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart (where "Trouble" rises 8-6).

On Rock Airplay, Kaleo collects its first No. 1, as "Way Down We Go" lifts 2-1 (13 million in audience). The Icelandic band is the first act to top Rock Airplay with its first charted song on the survey since X Ambassadors, who reached the summit with "Renegades" beginning July 4, 2015.

"Down" led Alternative Songs for two weeks (before being dethroned by Cage's "Trouble") and dips to No. 2, while pushing 29-26 on Mainstream Rock Songs; it rose to No. 8 on Adult Alternative Songs in March.

"Down" is one of just three songs to spend their first week at No. 1 on Rock Airplay in 2016, following Cage the Elephant's "Mess Around" (three weeks at No. 1) and Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Dark Necessities" (14). Cold War Kids' "First" (10 total weeks on top) and Twenty One Pilots' "Stressed Out" (seven) also ruled, but each first hit the top spot in late 2015.