Breaking Benjamin‘s latest album, Aurora, marks a slight shift in sound for the veteran rockers, but that doesn’t mean that their hold on the top spot of Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart has slackened.
“Far Away,” the set’s lead single, rises 2-1 on the list dated April 18 to become Breaking Benjamin’s seventh No. 1. Featuring Cold‘s Scooter Ward on additional vocals, “Far Away” was recorded as a new cut for Aurora, which mostly includes rerecorded versions of some of Breaking Benjamin’s most popular songs, largely re-imagined acoustic and with added orchestral elements and guest backing vocalists.
The track is Breaking Benjamin’s first Mainstream Rock Songs ruler since “Torn in Two,” which reigned for a week in September 2018. The Ben Burnley-led band first hit led with “Breath,” for seven weeks beginning in March 2007.
“Far Away” marks the first Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1 for Ward, whose band Cold reached the top 10 once, hitting No. 4 with “Stupid Girl” in July 2003.
The song also jumps 20-16 on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart with 2.9 million audience impressions, up 2%, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
Aurora debuted at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart dated Feb. 8 with 19,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week.