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Brandi Carlile Scores Multiple Career Highs on Rock Charts

Carlile earns her first No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and highest first-week sales. Plus, chart action for DragonForce, Hozier and Papa Roach.

Brandi Carlile earns her first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart, her highest peak on the Billboard 200 (No. 9) and her highest first-week sales as The Firewatcher’s Daughter starts with 42,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music.

The set is the folk singer/songwriter’s fifth studio album and first on an independent label (ATO Records), and arrives as her first No. 1 on Independent Albums. It also marks her third No. 1 on Folk Albums. On Adult Alternative Songs, the set’s lead single, “Wherever Is Your Heart,” peaked at No. 10 last month.

Carlile reached prior chart highs with her last release, 2012’s Bear Creek, which opened on Top Rock Albums at No. 3 and the Billboard 200 at No. 10, with 27,000.‘FIRE’ RELIT: On Hot Rock Songs, 15-year-old guitarist Tina S. spurs an eight-year-old song to a No. 13 start thanks to her YouTube cover, in which she plays along to the track’s original audio by British metal group DragonForce. The band’s fast and technically difficult to play “Through the Fire and Flames” debuts with a 616 percent increase in streaming (led by 1.7 million U.S. YouTube plays), also good for a No. 11 start on Rock Streaming Songs.

“Fire” is perhaps best known for its appearance in the 2007 game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and has sold 1.1 million downloads since its release; it peaked at No. 86 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2008.

Wunderkind Tina S. has previously covered rock classics by acts including Van Halen, with her “Eruption” guitar solo her most-watched video (11 million views).

‘NEW’ FROM HOZIER: Hozier‘s “Someone New” re-enters Hot Rock Songs at No. 14 following the March 2 debut of its video. The track’s resurgence is led by a 264 percent increase in streams (to 1.3 million), of which 58 percent are from Vevo views on YouTube. The clip features Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer falling in lust with a variety of strangers. “New” first debuted and peaked at No. 42 in December.

Meanwhile, Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” rules Hot Rock Songs for a 21st week, marking the second-longest reign dating to the chart’s 2009 launch. It’s now just two weeks from potentially tying Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” (23 weeks) for the list’s longest reign.

ON THE ‘RISE’: Papa Roach scores its second No. 1 on Mainstream Rock Songs with “Face Everything and Rise” (2-1). Despite an impressive 22 hits tallied on the chart, including 13 top 10s, the alt-metal band previously led only with “Lifeline” for six weeks in 2009.