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The Driver Era, Featuring Ex-Members of R5, Makes Chart Debut With 'Preacher Man'

The Driver Era
Elias Tahan

The Driver Era

The group, made up of Ross & Rocky Lynch, debuts on Rock and Alternative Digital Song Sales.

A change in name -- and sound -- pays off for The Driver Era, a next-generation version of former pop-rock act R5, as it makes its first Billboard chart appearance with debut single "Preacher Man."

The synth-driven pop-rock track debuts at Nos. 15 and 21 on the Alternative Digital Song Sales and Rock Digital Song Sales charts dated March 31, respectively, with 3,000 downloads sold in the week ending March 22, according to Nielsen Music.

The Driver Era is made up of brothers Ross and Rocky Lynch, who originally rose to prominence as part of five-piece R5 (with siblings Riker and Rydel, plus Ellington Ratliff). The decidedly poppier R5 scored three top 40 entries on the Billboard 200, led by the No. 6-peaking Sometime Last Night in August 2015, and landed one radio chart entry: "Let's Not Be Alone Tonight," which hit No. 38 on Pop Songs that May.

On March 1, R5's social media presence was scrubbed and replaced with that of The Driver Era, with Ross (who also starred in Disney Channel's Austin & Ally and Teen Beach Movie TV and film series, along with 2017's My Friend Dahmer) and Rocky the only members to make the leap.

"Preacher Man" is also receiving early alternative radio curiosity, with early supporters including WSFS Miami and WQMP Orlando.

No release date for The Driver Era's debut set or any other songs has yet been announced.