Twenty One Pilots' 'Heathens' Takes Over as Top Song on Rock Radio
The track crowns the Rock Airplay chart, continuing the duo's multi-format domination.
Twenty One Pilots top Billboard's Rock Airplay chart for a second time, as "Heathens" rises 2-1 on the Sept. 17-dated list with a 7 percent bump to 13 million rock radio audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music.
Previously, the duo's "Stressed Out" led for seven weeks (beginning Dec. 12, 2015), while the act reached No. 2 twice: with "Tear in My Heart" (July 18, 2015) and "Ride" (April 30). Those three songs are from Twenty One Pilots' album Blurryface, which bowed atop the June 6, 2015, Billboard 200 and has sold 1.1 million copies to date. "Heathens" is from the Suicide Squad: The Album soundtrack, which led the Billboard 200 in its first two weeks (Aug. 27-Sept. 3) and has sold 242,000 copies in its first four weeks.
Additionally, "Heathens" leads the Alternative Songs airplay chart for a second week, while "Ride" does the same on Pop Songs. As reported last week, never before had an act led the two airplay tallies simultaneously with different songs.
The coronation of "Heathens" on Rock Airplay is due not only to its success at alternative radio, but also from other rock formats that have embraced the tune. On Mainstream Rock Songs, "Heathens" has become Twenty One Pilots' first top 20 track, reaching No. 20 on the Sept. 10 chart; it now ranks at No. 21 (up 1 percent in spins). Previously, the band peaked at Nos. 36 and 32 on the chart with "Stressed Out" and "Ride," respectively. Although no Twenty One Pilots title has made the Adult Alternative Songs chart, "Heathens" is receiving support at the format, led by San Francisco's KFOG (20 plays in the tracking week ending Sept. 4).
"Heathens," like "Stressed Out" and "Ride," has also crossed to pop and adult radio, currently rising to No. 19 on Pop Songs and No. 22 on Adult Pop Songs.