Imagine Dragons & Khalid 'Thunder' Onto Charts With New Studio Medley

Imagine Dragons and Khalid
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Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons and Khalid perform onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Nov. 19, 2017 in Los Angeles. 

The studio version of "Thunder/Young Dumb & Broke" bows on multiple lists, including No. 4 on Hot Rock Songs.

After Imagine Dragons and Khalid performed a medley of their respective hits "Thunder" and "Young Dumb & Broke" at the 2017 American Music Awards on Nov. 19, the studio version -- released Dec. 19 -- debuts at No. 4 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart (dated Jan. 6).

The track bows with 46,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music, good for a No. 2 start on Rock Digital Song Sales, along with 2 million U.S. streams (in the week ending Dec. 28).

The medley's release also spurs a 124 percent surge to 75,000 sold for the original "Thunder," its second-best weekly sum, as it crowns Rock Digital Song Sales for a 15th week.

With the original "Thunder" at No. 1, the new medley at No. 2 and prior hit "Believer" at No. 3, Imagine Dragons are the first group to control the top three spots in a week on Rock Digital Song Sales (which began in 2010). The only other act to do so was Prince, who monopolized the top four on the chart dated May 7, 2016, following his passing that April 21.

The new medley additionally represents Imagine Dragons' highest debut on Hot Rock Songs, topping the No. 5 launches of "I Bet My Life" (Nov. 15, 2014) and "Sucker for Pain," the band's Suicide Squad collab with Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa, along with featured acts X Ambassadors, Logic and Ty Dolla $ign (July 26, 2016).

On the Billboard Hot 100, "Thunder/"Young Dumb & Broke" bows at No. 69, giving Imagine Dragons three songs on the ranking, below "Thunder" (No. 5, after rising to No. 4) and "Believer" (No. 25; it also peaked at No. 4).

Khalid, meanwhile, charts four songs on the Hot 100, led by his original "Young Dumb & Broke," up to a new No. 18 peak (from No. 33), as it surges 39-7 on Digital Song Sales (47,000, up 263 percent); all but two titles on the 50-position Digital Song Sales chart gain heavily, reflecting robust holiday consumer activity in the Dec. 22-28 tracking period.

Khalid also ranks on the Hot 100 with Logic's "1-800-273-8255" (as a featured vocalist, with Alessia Cara) at No. 34 and with Marshmello's "Silence," on which he's also featured, at No. 44.


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