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New Lana Del Rey, Linkin Park Singles Debut on Hot 100
Del Rey's "Love" launches at No. 44, while Linkin Park's "Heavy," feat. Kiiara, opens at No. 52.
Del Rey's "Love" debuts at No. 44 on the Hot 100 and No. 2 on Hot Rock Songs, marking her best rank on the latter list, exceeding the No. 3 peak of "Young and Beautiful" in 2012. "Love" also launches as her first No. 1 on Rock Digital Song Sales (46,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music) and at No. 5 on Rock Streaming Songs (6.6 million domestic streams).
The single previews Del Rey's fifth studio album, which does not yet have a release date. Her last LP, Honeymoon, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in October 2015.
Meanwhile, Linkin Park's "Heavy," featuring Kiiara, enters the Hot 100 at No. 52 and roars 21-3 on Hot Rock Songs after its first full week of tracking. The collab's No. 2 start on Rock Digital Song Sales (35,000) marks the band's best rank since 2010, when "The Catalyst" bowed at No. 1.
With its clearly more pop lean than much of Linkin Park's catalog, "Heavy" bows on the Pop Songs airplay chart at No. 27, the band's highest debut on the list among 10 entries, dating to its first, "In the End," in 2001. (Kiiara collects her second Pop Songs hit, following her No. 5 breakthrough "Gold" last year.) "Heavy" jumps 36-30 on the Alternative Songs airplay tally.
"We're super excited about the song, and the excitement around it has been kind of crazy," Linkin Park guitarist/singer Mike Shinoda told Billboard of "Heavy." "We've put out a lot of first singles, and I've actually kind of been taken aback by the amount of excitement over the song."
Linkin Park's seventh studio album One More Light is due May 19.