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Red Hot Chili Peppers Extend Alternative Songs Chart Record

The band's new single "Dark Necessities" becomes its 25th top 10 on the ranking.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are back in a familiar region on Billboard chart: the top 10.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers rank in the top 10 on all four radio-based rock charts, including at No. 1 on Rock Airplay, as “Dark Necessities” shoots from No. 7 to the top with 12.6 million in audience following its first full week of tracking, according to Nielsen Music. Previously, the quartet topped the chart, which began in 2009, with “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” for eight weeks in 2011.

“Dark” also ranks in the top 10 on Alternative Songs (up 20-4), Mainstream Rock Songs (19-6) and Adult Alternative Songs (No. 8 debut), becoming the first song to reach the top 10 on all three charts since Cage the Elephant’s “Come a Little Closer” in 2013-14. It’s also the sixth title with which the Chili Peppers have achieved the triple distinction, following 2011’s “Maggie,” Stadium Arcadium cuts “Dani California” and “Snow (Hey Oh)” (2006-07), 1999’s “Scar Tissue” and 1996’s “My Friends.”

As the tune darts 20-4 on Alternative Songs, the band achieves its 25th top 10, extending its record over runner-up U2 (23). Last week, the song became the Chili Peppers’ 30th to chart inside the chart’s top 20, which conversely places them one entry below U2, with 31. With its new single, RHCP has moved into a tie for the third-most Alternative Songs visits, matching Foo Fighters‘ 31; the leader, again, is U2 at 41, while Pearl Jam has charted 38.

“Dark Necessities” is the lead single from Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 11th studio album The Getaway, due June 17. It’s the first record on which the band has worked with producer Danger Mouse, after employing Rick Rubin for every one of its LPs dating to 1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik.