Like Lorde and Adele, Merton hails from outside the United States: she was born and currently resides in Germany.
Merton is the eighth act to score a first No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs in 2017. She dethrones Anderson East, whose "All on My Mind" led on the Dec. 23 ranking. The other first-time leaders this year: Mondo Cozmo, Rag'n'Bone Man, Portugal. The Man, Arcade Fire, Dan Auerbach (solo; he had reached No. 1 with The Black Keys) and The National. Eight new acts at No. 1 gives 2017 the largest amount of leaders for newbies since 2014, when eight also reigned.
Concurrently, "No Roots" reaches a new peak on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, lifting 9-7 with 7.1 million audience impressions (up 8 percent), according to Nielsen Music. On the Alternative Songs airplay chart, it climbs 8-6. It also continues its pop crossover, rising 28-24 on Adult Pop Songs.
It's not just a radio hit, either. "No Roots" breaks into the top 10 of Hot Rock Songs, which blends digital streaming, digital sales and airplay data, pushing 13-9 with 666,000 U.S. streams and 4,000 downloads sold.