One rock band hits new heights while another revisits green pastures, as Cold War Kids and Breaking Benjamin achieve new No. 1s on Billboard's rock airplay charts (dated Nov. 7).
Cold War Kids score their first Rock Airplay No. 1 as "First" lifts 2-1, up by 6 percent to 13.3 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music. The song has already been a fixture on the Alternative Songs chart, where it's reigned for six nonconsecutive weeks, including the last five. The band's previous best on Rock Airplay: No. 48, twice, with 2011's "Louder Than Ever" and 2013's "Miracle Mile."
Breaking Benjamin notches its fourth total and second No. 1 of 2015 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay ranking, as "Angels Fall" rises 2-1. The band becomes the second act to ascend to the top of the tally twice this year, joining Halestorm ("Apocalyptic" and "Amen"). Breaking Benjamin's "Failure" led for nine weeks beginning May 23.
"Angels Fall" and "Failure" follow the band's prior No. 1s "I Will Not Bow" in 2009 and "Breath" in 2007. Dark Before Dawn, the Pennsylvania band's first album since 2011, became its first Billboard 200 No. 1 upon its July 11 debut.
In another radio success story, after debuting at No. 7 on Hot Rock Songs due most heavily to digital sales (34,000), The 1975's "Love Me" drops to No. 30 (3,000), but surges in radio airplay. It enters Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs at Nos. 44 and 33, respectively, bowing on the former with 1.2 million in audience (up 25 percent).
The 1975's second studio album, I Like It When You Sleep for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, is expected in February.