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Red Hot Chili Peppers Score Their Best Rock & Alternative Airplay Debut With ‘Black Summer’

The chart last sported a top-three debut with Green Day's "Father of All…" in 2019.

Red Hot Chili Peppers attain their best debut on Billboard‘s Rock & Alternative Airplay chart with “Black Summer,” which soars in at No. 3 on the Feb. 12-dated survey.

The song starts with 4.4 million audience impressions earned in the week ending Feb. 6, according to MRC Data. It drew that reach over just three days, following its Feb. 4 release.

The Anthony Kiedis-fronted band’s bow is its best on the tally, which began in 2009, eclipsing its No. 7 start with “Dark Necessities” in May 2016. That song went on to become the quartet’s second No. 1 on the ranking, following “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” in 2011.


The No. 3 debut is the chart’s best since Green Day‘s “Father of All…” premiered at the same rank on the Sept. 21, 2019, list. In between, only one other song debuted in even the top five: Twenty One Pilots‘ “Shy Away” (No. 5, April 2021).

Concurrently, “Summer” starts on the plays-based Alternative Airplay (No. 14) and Mainstream Rock Airplay charts (No. 22). It’s the band’s 34th entry on the former ranking, which began in 1988, slotting it fifth all time.

Most Chart Entries, Alternative Airplay

  • 42, U2
  • 40, Pearl Jam
  • 38, Foo Fighters
  • 36, Green Day
  • 34, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • 32, Weezer
  • 29, Coldplay
  • 29, Linkin Park
  • 28, The Offspring
  • 26, R.E.M.

Further chart action for “Summer” is expected on the Feb. 19-dated Billboard charts, which will encompass the song’s first week of streaming and sales (Feb. 4-10).

“Summer” is the first single from Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 12th studio album, Unlimited Love, due April 1. The first full-length from the band since 2016’s The Getaway, it’s also its first album recorded with guitarist John Frusciante since 2006’s Stadium Arcadium.