Kings of Leon Crown Alternative Songs With 'Waste a Moment'

Jimmy Marble
Kings of Leon

The song becomes the act's fifth leader on the list & first since 2010.

Kings of Leon crown Billboard's Alternative Songs airplay chart for the first time in more than six years, as "Waste a Moment," the lead single from their album WALLS, rises 2-1 (on the chart dated Dec. 3).

The track is the Followills' fifth No. 1 on Alternative Songs and reigns after five previous charting titles missed the top spot. The quartet forged an exemplary start on the ranking, with the first three singles from its breakthrough 2008 album Only by the Night all reaching No. 1: "Sex on Fire," for eight weeks; "Use Somebody" (three); and "Notion" (one).

The band returned to No. 1 with "Radioactive," the lead single from follow-up fifth album Come Around Sundown, which led the chart for three weeks beginning on Oct. 16, 2010. Since then, until "Moment," the band rose as high as No. 9 with "Supersoaker" in 2013.

"Moment" has now led two Billboard airplay charts, as it logs a seventh week at No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs. Only two other Kings of Leon songs ("Use Somebody" and "Radioactive") have led both lists. Additionally, the track holds at its No. 2 peak on Rock Airplay with 11 million rock audience impressions (up 3 percent) in the tracking week ending Nov. 20, according to Nielsen Music.

"Moment" has also become the band's highest-charting single on Mainstream Rock Songs, peaking at No. 15. The group had never previously risen higher than No. 22 ("Supersoaker").

WALLS, Kings of Leon's seventh studio album and first since 2013's Mechanical Bull, became the act's first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (Nov. 5) with 77,000 first-week equivalent album units (68,000 of which were pure album sales). The set's sales also earned the band its fourth (total and consecutive) No. 1 each on the Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts.


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