Alice Merton Is First Woman to Lead Rock Airplay Chart Since Lorde in 2014

Alice Merton
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Alice Merton

Merton puts down "Roots" at No. 1.

Alice Merton's "No Roots" has conquered another Billboard radio airplay chart, rising 3-1 on the Rock Airplay tally dated Feb. 17.

The song, which led the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart for four weeks beginning Dec. 30, 2017, grew by 8 percent to 10.5 million in all-rock radio audience in the week ending Feb. 11, according to Nielsen Music.

Merton is first act to rule Rock Airplay in a first visit since Kaleo, whose "Way Down We Go" reigned for two weeks in September 2016.

Merton is the first solo woman to top the chart since Lorde, who ruled with her debut hit "Royals" in 2013 and "Team" in 2014; the two are the only lead solo women to top Rock Airplay since the list's 2009 origin. Janelle Monae and Kimbra also led, as featured artists, on fun.'s "We Are Young" and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," respectively, in 2012.

As it crowns Rock Airplay, "No Roots" ranks at its No. 2 high for a third week on Alternative Songs, with increases in spins each week. It also places at No. 8 on Adult Alternative Songs.

The track has also crossed over to adult pop radio, rising 21-17 on Adult Pop Songs, while bubbling just under the threshold of the Pop Songs chart.


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