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Summertime, and the Chart Toppin’s Easy: Lana Del Rey’s Cover Of Sublime’s ‘Doin’ Time’ Rules Rock Airplay

Del Rey earns her first leader on any airplay ranking since 2013.

Lana Del Rey notches her first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Rock Airplay chart, as “Doin’ Time” takes over atop the tally dated Sept. 7.

The song, a cover of Sublime‘s 1997 song “Doin’ Time,” jumps 3-1 with 9.1 million rock radio audience impressions, up 5%, according to Nielsen Music.

The track is the second remake to rule Rock Airplay, which began in 2009. Weezer‘s “Africa,” a redo of Toto‘s Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 in 1983, led for a week in August 2018.


It’s also Del Rey’s first Rock Airplay No. 1 in just her second appearance, following the No. 26-peaking “West Coast” in August 2014. She’s the third straight act to nab a first Rock Airplay leader, following Of Monsters and Men (“Alligator”) and Shaed (“Trampoline”).

The last time Del Rey reigned on a Billboard airplay chart? September 2013, when “Summertime Sadness,” as remixed by Cedric Gervais, wrapped a five-week rule on Dance/Mix Show Airplay.

On Adult Alternative Songs, “Doin’ Time” ranks at its No. 2 high for a fifth straight week. It reaches a new No. 4 best on Alternative Songs.


“Doin’ Time” was a modest hit for Sublime originally, reaching No. 28 on Alternative Songs in November 1997 and No. 87 on the Billboard Hot 100 the following January, marking the band’s only Hot 100 entry. The original interpolates George Gershwin‘s “Summertime,” a word that now threads through Del Rey’s biggest radio hits.

Del Rey’s version appears on Norman Fucking Rockwell, her sixth studio album, released Aug. 30 and primed for a high debut on the Billboard 200 dated Sept. 14.