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Marshmello & Bastille's 'Happier' Makes History Atop Alternative Songs Chart

Marshmello & Dan Smith of Bastille
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Marshmello & Dan Smith of Bastille 

The song is the first collaboration by two lead acts to hit No. 1 in the chart's 30-year history.

One of alternative radio's most consistent acts and a renowned DJ/producer share a No. 1 song on Billboard's Alternative Songs airplay chart, as Marshmello and Bastille's "Happier" jumps 3-1 (on the list dated Nov. 10).

The song is the first No. 1 by two co-billed lead acts in the Alternative Songs chart's 30-year history. The prior best? "Pretty Pink Rose," by Adrian Belew and David Bowie, which reached No. 2 in 1990.

"Happier" becomes Bastille's second Alternative Songs No. 1, after the British band's debut hit "Pompeii" in 2013. Earlier in its run, "Happier" became Bastille's eighth straight top 10 on Alternative Songs in as many appearances, dating to "Pompeii," tying the band with Green Day and Incubus for the survey's longest career-opening top 10 streak.

Meanwhile, helmet-wearing DJ Marshmello crowns the chart in his first visit, following success at other radio formats, including dance, pop and adult pop.

Marshmello is the first DJ/producer to top Alternative Songs since Big Data with "Dangerous," featuring Joywave, in 2014. He's also the fifth act in a lead role this year to rule the ranking with a first entry, following Two Feet, lovelytheband, AJR and Alice Merton.

"Happier" concurrently leads the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart for a fourth week and pushes 6-4 on Pop Songs and 10-9 on Adult Pop Songs. On the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, it bullets at No. 2 with a new high of 11.4 million audience impressions (up 6 percent), according to Nielsen Music.

The track also ascends 4-3 on the all-genre, streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Billboard Hot 100, with 83.3 million all-format airplay impressions, 22.3 million U.S. streams and 23,000 downloads sold; it's looking like a solid contender for No. 1. The song has already become Marshmello's first top 10 on the list, usurping the No. 11-peaking "Friends," with Anne-Marie, in June. It's likewise Bastille's highest-charting hit, besting the No. 5 peak of "Pompeii" in 2014.