Three of the most accomplished bands in the almost 23-year history of Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart storm the survey with first singles from long-awaited forthcoming albums.
Red Hot Chili Peppers bow at No. 24 with “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie”; Blink-182 follows at No. 25 with “Up All Night”; and, Staind starts at No. 38 with “Not Again.” (Go to billboard.biz/charts for the full ranking).
Red Hot Chili Peppers release their 10th studio set, “I’m With You,” Aug. 30. The album follows 2006’s “Stadium Arcadium,” the group’s first Billboard 200 No. 1.
Blink-182 reunited in 2009 after a tumultuous four-year hiatus that included drummer Travis Barker’s surviving a plane crash in 2008. The band releases “Neighborhoods,” its sixth studio set and first in eight years, Sept. 27.
Staind returns after the briefest wait of the three bands, following up 2008’s “The Illusion of Progress” with its self-title seventh studio effort Sept. 13.
How impressive are the chart and sales histories of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink-182 and Staind? Here’s a look at their accomplishments:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Total album sales: 22.4 million, according to SoundScan
Best-selling album: “Californication,” 5.6 million (1999)
Highest-peaking Alternative Songs hit: “Scar Tissue,” No. 1 (16 weeks) (1999)
Total Alternative Songs top 10s: 21, including a chart-record 11 No. 1s
Total album sales: 13.1 million
Best-selling album: “Enema of the State,” 4.5 million (1999)
Highest-peaking Alternative Songs hit: “All the Small Things,” No. 1 (eight weeks) (1999)
Total Alternative Songs top 10s: 10, including two No. 1s
Total album sales: 10.5 million
Best-selling album: “Break the Cycle,” 5.6 million (2001)
Highest-peaking Alternative Songs hit: “It’s Been Awhile,” No. 1 (16 weeks) (2001)
Total Alternative Songs top 10s: eight, including three No. 1s
“It’s good to have Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink-182 and Staind back,” says Jason Ginty, PD of WKRN (Rock 92.3)/New Orleans, which has added all three songs. “We added Red Hot Chili Peppers because of what they mean to the format and our audience. Once the song leaked online , we immediately put it on.
“Blink 182 is headlining the Voodoo Music Experience 2011 Halloween weekend in New Orleans and Staind brings the ‘heavy’ sound that our station needed; many of the current alternative songs are a bit on the soft side.
“Aaron Lewis and the boys have brought the anger back!”