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Vampire Weekend Earns First No. 1 On a Billboard Airplay Chart With 'Harmony Hall'

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Monika Mogi

Vampire Weekend

The song caps a brisk four-week rise to the top of Adult Alternative Songs.

Vampire Weekend earns its first No. 1 on a Billboard airplay chart, as "Harmony Hall" ascends 2-1 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay tally dated March 2.

The song reigns in just its fourth chart week, completing the quickest climb to No. 1 since Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats' "You Worry Me" also needed only four frames to rule, on Feb. 10, 2018.

Vampire Weekend earns its first Triple A No. 1 nearly 11 years after its first entry on the chart ("A-Punk," April 2008), ending the longest wait for a first leader since Beck took just under 15-and-a-half years between "Tropicalia" in 1998 and "Blue Moon" in 2014, ending the longest delay for a lead artist.

The longest wait overall? As a featured artist, it's Mavis Staples, who went 16 years and seven months between her first Adult Alternative Songs appearance featured on Natalie Merchant's "Build a Levee," in 2002 to her 2018 No. 1 featured on Hozier's "Nina Cried Power."

Most Time Between First Entry & First No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs

Mavis Staples, March 16, 2002-Oct. 20, 2018

Beck, Dec. 12, 1998-April 5, 2014

Pearl Jam, Aug. 31, 1996-Feb. 6, 2010

Wilco, Jan. 25, 1997-Aug. 15, 2009

Vampire Weekend, April 19, 2008-March 2, 2019

Prior to "Harmony Hall," Vampire Weekend had made the top 10 of Adult Alternative Songs once, with "Unbelievers," which peaked at No. 6 in October 2013.

The band is the second act to score a first Adult Alternative Songs leader in 2019, following Maggie Rogers, whose "Light On" ruled for three weeks beginning in January.

Concurrently, "Harmony Hall" reaches a new peak on Alternative Songs, rising 19-18. On the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, the song hits a new weekly best of 4.9 million impressions, according to Nielsen Music, as it holds at its No. 12 high.

Father of the Bride, Vampire Weekend's first full-length album in six years and first with Columbia, is due this year, though an official release date has not yet been announced.