Paramore Tops Hot Rock Songs With 'Ain't It Fun'

Jatnna Nunez

The pop-punk band posts its first No. 1 on the ranking. Plus, chart action for Black Stone Cherry, the Black Keys and Linkin Park

Paramore scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, as "Ain't It Fun" rises 3-1, bumping Bastille's "Pompeii" to No. 2 after 12 weeks on top.

As previously reported, "Fun" is the pop-punk trio's first top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 (13-10), dating to its debut on the chart with "Misery Business" in 2007; it reached No. 26. The band previously peaked on the Hot 100 as high as No. 24 with 2010's "The Only Exception" and last year's "Still Into You." Lead singer Hayley Williams has added a pair of higher-charting solo hits: as featured on B.o.B's "Airplanes" (No. 2, 2010) and Zedd's "Stay the Night" (No. 18, earlier this year).

Paramore's 2013 self-titled album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the group's fourth full-length album and first leader.

Also as previously reported, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Santana bows at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums with "Corazon," selling 22,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Corazon," the guitar legend's first Spanish-language set, debuts at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums and enters the Billboard 200 at No. 9.

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Natalie Merchant returns with her self-titled sixth studio album, a debut at No. 5 on Top Rock Albums (13,000 sold), matching her peak of 2010's "Leave Your Sleep." The new title also enters the Folk Albums chart at No. 2 and the Billboard 200 at No. 20. This is the singer-songwriter's first collection of all-original material since 2001's "Motherland." Her chart history dates to Sept. 19, 1987, when, with Merchant as lead singer, 10,000 Maniacs entered the Billboard 200 with their alt/folk breakthrough "In My Tribe."

On Hard Rock Albums, Black Stone Cherry lands its first No. 1, as "Magic Mountain" launches at the top spot with 13,000 sold. The set marks the Southern metal band's highest rank on Top Rock Albums (No. 6) and the Billboard 200 (No. 22). The band previously charted as high as No. 28 on the Billboard 200 with 2008's "Folklore and Superstition."

Merrill Garbus, who records as tUnE-YaRdS, tallies her first top 10 on Top Rock Albums with "Nikki Nack" (No. 8, 11,000 sold), which also arrives as her first No. 1 on Vinyl Albums. For her third studio album, Garbus teamed with producers Malay (Frank Ocean, Angel Haze) and John Hill (Shakira, M.I.A.). Her second album, "W H O K I L L," peaked at No. 37 on Top Rock Albums in 2011.

Lykke Li also cracks the Top Rock Albums top 10 with her third album "I Never Learn" (No. 9, 10,000 sold). Her second album, "Wounded Rhymes," peaked at No. 10 three years ago. "Where the first album is about wanting love, and then the second album ['Rhymes'] is about not getting the love that you desire, I think this third album is about walking away and fucking up," Li told Billboard.

The Black Keys achieve their fourth Alternative Songs No. 1 as "Fever," the lead single from their eighth studio album, "Turn Blue" (due on next week's album charts), rises 2-1. The duo first ruled with "Tighten Up" (2010-11), "Lonely Boy" (2011-12) and "Gold on the Ceiling" (2012). "Fever" also rises 2-1 on Rock Airplay, adding Greatest Gainer honors (up 14 percent to 13.7 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS), becoming the duo's third leader on Rock Airplay (following "Tighten" and "Lonely").

On Hard Rock Digital Songs, Linkin Park collects its fourth leader, and first No. 1 start, with "Until It's Gone," giving the band the Nos. 1 and 2 spots concurrently. This is the second occasion that the group has held the top two rungs on the chart; "Burn It Down" and "Lost in the Echo" ranked at Nos. 1 and 2 on the chart dated July 14, 2012. On Hot Rock Songs, "Gone" soars in at No. 17.


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