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Corey Taylor Earns First Solo Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1 With ‘Black Eyes Blue’

Corey Taylor scores his first No. 1 as a solo artist on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, as "Black Eyes Blue" rises 2-1 on the tally dated Oct…

Corey Taylor scores his first No. 1 as a solo artist on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, as “Black Eyes Blue” rises 2-1 on the tally dated Oct. 31.

Taylor, the lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour, previously scored three entries as a soloist, paced by 2013’s No. 2-peaking “From Can to Can’t,” which he recorded alongside Dave Grohl, Rick Nielsen and Scott Reeder. (It marked his only previous Billboard airplay No. 1, reaching the top of the since-discontinued Heritage Rock airplay list.)

Over Taylor’s two-decade-plus career, Stone Sour has nabbed four Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1s with him as lead vocalist, most recently “Song #3” in July 2017. With Slipknot, Taylor has risen as high as No. 2 twice, with “The Devil in I” the most recent runner-up in November 2014.

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Taylor is the second act in 2020 to notch a first solo Mainstream Rock Songs leader as a lead artist after ruling with a band, following Chris Cornell, whose posthumous cover of Guns N’ Roses‘ “Patience” led for a week earlier this month after Soundgarden and Audioslave earned a combined eight No. 1s with him as a member. (Cornell also reached No. 1 as a featured artist on Zac Brown Band‘s “Heavy Is the Head” in May 2015.)

Concurrently, “Black Eyes Blue” bullets at its No. 11 high on the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock Airplay chart, with 3.4 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

“Black Eyes Blue” is the lead single from Taylor’s first solo album, CMFT. The set debuted at No. 3 on the Hard Rock Albums chart dated Oct. 17 with 15,000 equivalent album units earned.