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Death Cab for Cutie Returns to No. 1 on Adult Alternative Airplay With ‘Here to Forever’

The song is Ben Gibbard and co.'s seventh leader and first since "Northern Lights" in 2019.

Death Cab for Cutie adds its seventh No. 1 on Billboard‘s Adult Alternative Airplay chart with “Here to Forever,” which rises to the top of the Aug. 20-dated tally.

The Ben Gibbard-fronted band from Washington state first led Adult Alternative Airplay with “Soul Meets Body,” from its 2005 album Plans — its first for Atlantic — for 10 weeks in 2005-2006. It notched its sixth leader with “Northern Lights,” from its 2018 album Thank You For Today, for three weeks in February 2019.


“Forever” reaches No. 1 in its fourth week on the chart, tying Portugal. The Man‘s “What, Me Worry?” and The Black Keys‘ “Wild Child” for the quickest coronation this year.

Concurrently, “Forever” lifts into the top 10 on Alternative Airplay (12-10). It’s the band’s 10th top 10 (“Body” was its first, reaching No. 5 in 2005) and first since “Gold Rush” hit No. 6 in 2018.

On the all-rock format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay tally, “Forever” holds at its No. 8 high, up 5% to 3.4 million audience impressions, according to Luminate.

“Forever” is the lead single from Asphalt Meadows (due Sept. 16), Death Cab for Cutie’s 10th LP and first since 2018’s Thank You for Today. The band’s debut album, Something About Airplanes, came out in 1998 through Barsuk Records, an indie label based in the band’s home state. The group has been with Atlantic since 2005.