Kings of Leon Crown Adult Alternative Songs Chart With 'Waste a Moment'
The band reigns with the first single from 'WALLS,' due Friday (Oct. 14).
For the first time in nearly six years, Kings of Leon assume the throne of Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart (dated Oct. 22), as "Waste a Moment" -- the lead single from the Tennessee quartet's upcoming seventh studio album WALLS -- rises 2-1.
It's the third No. 1 on the chart for the four Followills, as the band initially ruled for two weeks in 2009 with "Use Somebody" (also a No. 4 Billboard Hot 100 hit) and followed with "Radioactive" (seven weeks, 2010-11). Kings of Leon charted five titles between "Radioactive" and "Moment," rising as high as No. 2 with "Supersoaker" in 2013.
"Moment" reaches the summit in just its fourth week, tying for the fastest coronation of 2016 with The Lumineers' "Ophelia" in March and Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Dark Necessities" in June.
"Moment" also pushes 9-7 on both Alternative Songs (marking the band's highest-charting song on the ranking since "Radioactive" led for three weeks in 2010) and Rock Airplay (8.6 million audience impressions, up 10 percent, in the week ending Oct. 9, according to Nielsen Music).
"Moment" is the first single from WALLS, due Friday, Oct. 14. Three other songs from the album have been released so far, including "Around the World," which debuts at Nos. 15 and 18 on Alternative Digital Song Sales and Rock Digital Song Sales, respectively, with 6,000 downloads sold, and No. 38 on Hot Rock Songs.
The band worked for the first time with producer Markus Dravs, who has produced Mumford & Sons, among others. "One song would sound almost electronic and another would sound so broken-down," Matthew Followill told Billboard of the new album. "But the way it all flowed together, we were just like, 'This guy is a genius.' "
The band's previous album, 2013's Mechanical Bull, debuted at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts with 110,000 copies sold in its first week.