Andy Black, lead singer of hard rock band Black Veil Brides, strikes out on his own with “We Don’t Have to Dance,” which immediately outperforms the group’s efforts on multiple Billboard song charts.
“Dance” starts at No. 16 on both the Rock Digital Songs and Alternative Digital Songs charts after selling 7,000 downloads in the week ending March 24, according to Nielsen Music. Black Veil Brides’ previous best on either chart was No. 34 on Rock Digital Songs (dated Oct. 4, 2014) with “Heart of Fire.”
The Ricky Reed-produced new song’s sales start sparks its No. 23 debut on Hot Rock Songs, with sales accounting for more than half its chart points. (Meanwhile, its official video premiered March 21.) Black Veil Brides previously peaked as high as No. 39 with “In the End” in 2013.
“Dance” precedes the May 6 release of Black’s first solo album, The Shadow Side. Last August, Black posted on Instagram a picture from the recording sessions featuring Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump and Quinn Allman of The Used, plus John Feldmann, lead singer/guitarist of Goldfinger. It’s unclear if Stump and Allman’s contributions made the album’s final cut, although Matt Skiba, singer of Alkaline Trio and blink-182 (the latter following last year’s departure of Tom DeLonge), appears on the album’s tracklist as featured on the song “Stay Alive.”