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The Avett Brothers Earn First No. 1 Song With ‘Ain’t No Man’

The lead single from "True Sadness" crowns Adult Alternative Songs, becoming the band's first No. 1 on a Billboard songs chart.

After more than a decade together, The Avett Brothers notch their first No. 1 song on a current-based Nielsen Music-monitored Billboard chart, as “Ain’t No Man” rises 2-1 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay tally (dated July 2).

The lead single from the folk-rockers’ ninth studio album True Sadness, due Friday (June 24), bested the band’s 2012 single “Live or Die” as its top-charting track on Adult Alternative Songs last week, when it rose to No. 2; “Live” peaked at No. 3 on the Oct. 10, 2012-dated chart.


The act, led by brothers Scott and Seth Avett, also scale Rock Airplay with “Ain’t No Man,” which rises 35-26 (2 million in rock radio audience, up 21 percent), marking the band’s first trip to the chart’s top 30.

The cut concurrently climbs 38-34 on Alternative Songs, where it became the quartet’s first entry two weeks ago. The track re-enters the airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot Rock Songs chart at No. 47 after debuting at No. 31, its high so far, on the May 7 ranking.

Prior to True Sadness, the quartet’s previous album, Magpie and the Dandelion, entered Top Rock Albums at No. 3, its peak, in November 2013, moving 58,000 copies in its first week.


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