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Five Finger Death Punch’s ‘Blue on Black’ Cover Hits Hot 100 & Hot Rock Songs Chart

The update features Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Brantley Gilbert and Brian May.

Five Finger Death Punch‘s cover of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band‘s “Blue on Black,” a six-week No. 1 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart in 1998, soars back onto the Hot Rock Songs tally dated April 27 at a new high of No. 2 after the arrival of its new rendition adding Shepherd, Brantley Gilbert and Queen‘s Brian May.

The song, whose new version benefits the first responder-assisting Gary Sinise Foundation, surged by 125% to 3.7 million U.S. streams and 3,609% to 33,000 sold in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music.

The track’s No. 2 re-entry gives Five Finger Death Punch its best rank on Hot Rock Songs, exceeding the No. 7 peak of another cover: the band’s take on Bad Company‘s “Bad Company” in 2010.


“Blue on Black” becomes FFDP’s record-extending 10th Hard Rock Digital Song Sales No. 1 and launches at No. 2 on the all-genre Digital Song Sales chart and No. 66 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking the band’s first visit to the latter list since 2011.

On Mainstream Rock Songs, the song flies 31-15 after previously making the chart thanks to airplay for the remake’s original version, released on the band’s album And Justice for None in May 2018.

May makes his first Mainstream Rock Songs appearance since “Driven By You,” which peaked at No. 9 in 1993. Shepherd charts his first title on the tally since 2011, when “Never Lookin’ Back” reached No. 36, and Gilbert reaches the list for the first time; he’s earned four No. 1s on the Country Airplay chart, all since 2011.