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'Worst' Is Best: Rival Sons Score First No. 1 on Mainstream Rock Songs Chart

Rival Sons
Jimmy Fontaine

Rival Sons

In its sole prior appearance, the band reached No. 34 in 2013.

Rival Sons snag their first leader on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, as "Do Your Worst" rises 2-1 on the March 9-dated ranking.

The band charted one prior entry, the No. 34-peaking "Keep On Swinging," in 2013.

Rival Sons signed to Atlantic Records and Low Country Sound for their new LP, Feral Roots, which helps matters; their previous four albums were released via indie label Earache.

The group is the second act to score a first Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1 in 2019, following The Glorious Sons with "S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)" for four weeks in January and February.

"Do Your Worst" also reaches a new high on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, pushing 17-16 with 3.9 million audience impressions, up 8 percent, according to Nielsen Music.

Feral Roots bowed at No. 6 on the Hard Rock Albums chart (Feb. 9), earning 7,000 units in its first week.