Linkin Park Leaps To No. 1 On Alternative Songs

Linkin Park Leaps To No. 1 On Alternative Songs

PARK'S PLACE: Linkin Park logs its ninth No. 1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs radio airplay chart, as "The Catalyst" climbs 3-1.

At just three weeks, the song completes the fastest flight to the chart's summit since the band's last leader, "New Divide," also reached No. 1 in its third week on the chart dated June 20, 2009.

With its coronation, Linkin Park ties Green Day for second-most No. 1s in the Alternative Songs chart's 22-year history. The bands trail only Red Hot Chili Peppers, who have collected 11 toppers. Next in line are U2 with eight No. 1s, Foo Fighters (seven) and R.E.M. (six).

Here is a look at Linkin Park's nine No. 1s on Alternative Songs:

Title, Chart Date Reached No. 1, Weeks at No. 1
"In the End," Dec. 22, 2001, 5
"Somewhere I Belong," April 12, 2003, 5
"Faint," Aug. 9, 2003, 6
"Numb," Nov. 22, 2003, 12

"Lying From You," May 29, 2004, 3
"Breaking the Habit," Aug. 28, 2004, 4

"What I've Done," April 21, 2007, 15
"New Divide," June 20, 2009, 12
"The Catalyst," Sept. 4, 2010, 1 (to-date)

"The Catalyst," the lead single from Linkin Park's fourth studio album, "A Thousand Suns," due Sept. 14, spends a third week atop Billboard's Rock Songs chart. On the Aug. 21, list, the track became the first to debut at the Rock Songs pinnacle.


'CRAZY' NEW YEAR: Rising 5-4 in its 53rd chart week, Lee Brice's "Love Like Crazy" moves within one week of tying the mark for most frames spent on Country Songs since the chart premiered in 1944.

Here is an updated ranking of the titles to remain on Country Songs the longest:

Weeks on Chart, Title, Artist, Years on Chart
54, "Bouquet of Roses," Eddy Arnold, 1948-49
53, "Love Like Crazy," Lee Brice, 2009-10
52, "Fraulein," Bobby Helms, 1957-58

With Brice edging toward the record for senior-most song in the archives of Country Songs, it's fitting that he plays the Brooklyn Fair in Brooklyn, Conn., Saturday (Aug. 28).

In its 160th year, the festival is the oldest continuously active agricultural fair in the country.


'EXCEPTION'-ALLY GOOD: Paramore logs its first airplay chart top 10 outside of Alternative Songs, as "The Only Exception" rises 12-10 on Adult Pop Songs.

The band has inked five top 10s on Alternative Songs. Lead singer Hayley Williams reached No. 2 on the Pop Songs, Rap Songs and Rhythmic charts and No. 9 on Hot Dance Airplay as a featured artist on B.o.B's "Airplanes."

Last week, Paramore scored its best Billboard Hot 100 rank, as "The Only Exception" rose to No. 24, passing the No. 26 peak of "Misery Business" in 2008.