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The Black Keys Are First Act to Rule All Four Rock Airplay Charts Simultaneously, With 'Lo/Hi'

The Black Keys
Alysse Gafkjen

The Black Keys

The track completes its quadruple command by topping Alternative Songs.

For the first time, a song ranks at No. 1 on all four Billboard rock airplay charts simultaneously.

The Black Keys' "Lo/Hi" ascends 2-1 on the Alternative Songs tally dated May 18, while holding the top spot on the Mainstream Rock Songs, Adult Alternative Songs and Rock Airplay charts.

The track is also the second to lead all four charts at all, following Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Dark Necessities," which paced each list for at least one week in summer 2016. (The fourfold distinction became possible in 2009, upon the inception of Rock Airplay, which measures audience impressions among the three rock radio formats. Mainstream Rock Songs began in 1981; Alternative Songs, in 1988; and Adult Alternative Songs, in 1996.)

More accolades for "Lo/Hi": it becomes the fifth song to have topped the Adult Alternative Songs, Alternative Songs and Mainstream Rock Songs charts, following RHCP's "Dark Necessities" and "Dani California" (2006), Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (2004-05) and The Wallflowers' "One Headlight" (1996-97).

Of those five hits, "Lo/Hi" is the third to triple up atop the three genre-specific tallies simultaneously, and the first in nearly 13 years, after "Dani" and "Boulevard."

On the Alternative Songs chart, "Lo/Hi" is The Black Keys' fifth No. 1 and first since "Fever" ruled for 11 weeks beginning in May 2014. Their other leaders: "Tighten Up" (10 weeks, 2010-11), "Lonely Boy" (11 weeks, 2011-12) and "Gold on the Ceiling" (five weeks, 2012).

"Lo/Hi" is the first single from Let's Rock, the duo's ninth studio album, due June 28.