Happy midsummer! Festival season is in full swing and the race for 2017 Song of the Summer is starting to look like a breakaway sprint. But over in the alt world, we’ve got plenty of up-and-comers and next big things to introduce -- even some one-time up-and-comers who are onto late-career chart breakthroughs.
There’s Arcade Fire, the critically acclaimed, Album of the Year Grammy winners, whose “Everything Now” just became their first No. 1 song. The Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart, which tracks what’s commonly known as Triple-A radio, has been a haven for Arcade Fire and other 2000s indie standbys, like the National and Grizzly Bear.
“I was looking middle of last week, and National and Arcade Fire were literally tied for number one,” says Billboard charts manager Kevin Rutherford. “Oh man, there’s a 2007 fist fight going on here!”