Miley Cyrus masters another disguise on Billboard surveys, charting this week under a third moniker.
“On a Roll” debuts at No. 19 on the Pop Digital Song Sales chart (dated June 29) and No. 39 on Digital Song Sales with 7,000 downloads sold in the week ending June 20, according to Nielsen Music. The song also drew 3.5 million U.S. streams and enters the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Billboard Hot 100‘s Bubbling Under chart at No. 23.
The track is credited to Ashley O, the fictional pop star portrayed by Cyrus in the episode “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too” in the new season of Netflix’s Black Mirror.
Cyrus previously reached Billboard tallies under her own name and as her former Disney alter ego Hannah Montana. Cyrus/Montana boast five No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 (between 2006 and 2013), while Cyrus’ ballad “Wrecking Ball” spent three weeks atop the Hot 100 in 2013. (She’s also currently nearing the Pop Songs radio airplay chart with “Mother’s Daughter,” billed as by Miley Cyrus.)
Cyrus joins a select set of soloists who have charted under three separate names, although she especially stands out, given her trio of distinctly separate billings, two via acting roles.
The names Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and Diddy have all appeared on Billboard rankings (although he’s never charted under his given name: Sean Combs).
John Mellencamp first charted as John Cougar and then John Cougar Mellencamp, before segueing to his first and last name.
Plus, Prince charted as Prince, his ’90s-era unpronounceable symbol and The Artist, while, as a writer, he’s shown on the Hot 100 via two pseudonyms on songs by other acts: as Christopher on the Bangles’ No. 2 1986 hit “Manic Monday” (the late legend’s own version of the song was released June 21) and as Alexander Nevermind on Sheena Easton’s steamy No. 9 1985 single “Sugar Walls.”
Among artists with a mere second charted persona each (and related to on-screen characters, like Cyrus), Garth Brooks doubled as Chris Gaines; Will Smith first donned chart crowns as the latter act in D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince; and, Jim Henson notched two Hot 100 hits, thanks to the Muppet creator’s versatile vocals: “Rubber Duckie” (credited to Ernie; No. 16, 1970) and “Rainbow Connection” (Kermit; No. 25, 1979).
“On a Roll,” meanwhile, transforms Nine Inch Nails‘ grunge classic “Head Like a Hole,” which reached No. 28 on Alternative Songs in 1990. As for NIN frontman and the song’s writer, Trent Reznor, he continues to bask in an unlikely, and multi-Cyrus-adjacent, mainstream spotlight in 2019; Lil Nas X leads the Hot 100 for a 12th week with “Old Town Road,” featuring Miley’s dad, Billy Ray Cyrus. The smash samples NIN’s “34 Ghost IV,” from the industrial rock band’s 2008 album Ghosts I–IV.