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New Order Scores First Airplay Chart Appearance Since 1993 With ‘Be a Rebel’

New Order is back on a Billboard airplay chart for the first time in nearly three decades, as "Be a Rebel" debuts at No. 38 on the Adult Alternative Songs list dated Oct…

New Order is back on a Billboard airplay chart for the first time in nearly three decades, as “Be a Rebel” debuts at No. 38 on the Adult Alternative Songs list dated Oct. 3.

The track marks the pioneering synth-pop/dance/rock act’s first appearance on Adult Alternative Songs, which began in 1996.

The band, which formed in 1980 after the dissolution of Joy Division, notched six entries on the Alternative Airplay tally, which began in 1988, including its six-week No. 1 “Regret” in 1993. The song granted New Order it second of two top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, where it reached No. 28, after “True Faith” rose to No. 32 in 1987. “Regret” also rose to No. 7 on the Pop Songs airplay chart.

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New Order last made Alternative Airplay with “Regret” follow-up “World (The Price of Love),” which spent its final week on the ranking, after reaching No. 5, in early October 1993, marking the act’s most recent airplay chart appearance until “Be a Rebel.”

In between, New Order released four studio albums, most recently 2015’s Music Complete, the band’s first without co-founder and bassist Peter Hook, who left in 2007. (Fellow co-founders Bernard Sumner, vocalist and guitarist, and Stephen Morris, drummer, remain.)

“Be a Rebel” is currently a standalone single that was initially meant to be released ahead of New Order’s since-postponed fall 2020 tour with Pet Shop Boys. The jaunt has been moved to fall 2021.