Chart Beat

Lovelytheband's 'Broken' Continues Alternative's Steady Radio Success and More Hot 100 Chart Moves

Jon Hoeg


Plus, chart action for Luke Combs, Cardi B and Billie Eilish.

As previously reported, Marshmello and Bastille's "Happier" hits the top five, rising from No. 6 to No. 4, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Nov. 3). The track is the first to enter the Hot 100's top five in 2018 that has also appeared on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.

While hip-hop this year has overtaken the top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends all-genre streaming, radio airplay and sales data, alternative has maintained a steady presence in all-format airplay.

Lovelytheband lands its first top 10 on the Radio Songs chart, where its debut single "Broken" bumps 11-10, up 6 percent to 61.7 million in all-format airplay audience, in the week ending Oct. 28, according to Nielsen Music. On the Hot 100, "Broken" also hits a new high, climbing 33-30.

As the track spent nine weeks atop the Alternative Songs airplay chart beginning April 21, it's the fourth song (following "Happier") that has appeared on the list to reach the Radio Songs top 10 in 2018, a sum in line with how many alternative hits have achieved the feat over the past five years.

Here's a look at every Radio Songs top 10 since 2014 that has also charted on Alternative Songs. In each of the five years, between four and six songs have made the list. (Notably, four have done so in both 2017 and 2018, with Imagine Dragons claiming two in each year.)

No. 3 Radio Songs peak, "Team," Lorde, Feb. 22 peak date
No. 4, "Pompeii," Bastille, March 22
No. 6, "Best Day of My Life," American Authors, May 17
No. 1 (one week), "Rude," MAGIC!, Aug. 16
No. 1 (one week), "Habits (Stay High)," Tove Lo, Nov. 22

No. 3 Radio Songs peak, "Take Me to Church," Hozier, Feb. 7 peak date
No. 2, "Shut Up and Dance," WALK THE MOON, May 23
No. 10, "Uma Thurman," Fall Out Boy, Sept. 26
No. 7, "Renegades," X Ambassadors, Nov. 7
No. 5, "Ex's & Oh's," Elle King. Dec. 5

No. 2 Radio Songs peak, "Stressed Out," twenty one pilots, Feb. 27 peak date
No. 1 (four weeks), "7 Years," Lukas Graham, May 14
No. 10, "Let It Go," James Bay, July 9
No. 2, "Ride," twenty one pilots, Sept. 10
No. 2, "Heathens," twenty one pilots, Oct. 22
No. 10, "Unsteady," X Ambassadors, Dec. 3

No. 3 Radio Songs peak, "Something Just Like This," The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, May 6 peak date
No. 4, "Believer," Imagine Dragons, Aug. 19
No. 1 (five weeks), "Feel It Still," Portugal. The Man, Oct. 28
No. 1 (three weeks), "Thunder," Imagine Dragons, Dec. 2

No. 5 Radio Songs peak, "Whatever It Takes," Imagine Dragons, May 12 peak date
No. 8, "Natural," Imagine Dragons, Oct. 20
No. 5, "Happier," Marshmello & Bastille, Nov. 3
No. 10, "Broken," lovelytheband, Nov. 3

Who else makes notable Hot 100 chart moves this week?

"She Got the Best of Me," Luke Combs
Combs collects his fourth top 40 Hot 100 hit, as "She Got the Best of Me" (44-37) follows "One Number Away" (No. 34, June), "When It Rains It Pours" (No. 33, November 2017) and "Hurricane" (No. 31, May 2017).

Combs made history as the first soloist to score four straight career-opening No. 1s on Billboard's Country Airplay chart when "Best" hit the top of the Oct. 27-dated tally.

"Money," Cardi B
Following its Oct. 23 arrival, two days earlier than expected, Cardi B's ode to excess (and motherhood) bows at No. 54 on the Hot 100 with 8.7 million U.S. streams and 15,000 sold. The latter sum is also good for a No. 10 start on Digital Song Sales, where the rapper adds her ninth top 10.

"When the Party's Over," Billie Eilish
Eilish's new single debuts at No. 65 on the Hot 100, marking a new personal-best rank. It enters with 11.6 million U.S. streams following the Oct. 25 premiere of its official video.

The singer-songwriter, 16, also hits new highs on Alternative Songs, as "You Should See Me in a Crown" ascends 13-12, and Emerging Artists, where she bounds 8-2.