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Red Hot Chili Peppers Return to Alternative Songs Chart with ‘Dark Necessities’

The new single is the band's 30th to chart inside the top 20, lifting the act to within one of U2's record.

Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ new song “Dark Necessities” has only been out since Thursday, May 5, but that hasn’t stopped the track from already debuting big on multiple Billboard charts.

The veteran rockers’ first single in more than four years, debuts at No. 7 on the May 21-dated Rock Airplay chart (with 7.5 million audience impressions in more than three days of availability, according to Nielsen Music), the highest arrival since Muse’s “Dead Inside,” which started at No. 6 on April 11, 2015. It’s also the best debut for the Chili Peppers since the Rock Airplay chart began in 2009.

“Necessities” concurrently enters Mainstream Rock Songs at No. 19 and Alternative Songs at No. 20. It’s the quartet’s 20th and 30th top 20 hit on each chart, respectively. On the latter, the act creeps closer to the most top 20s in the list’s history, which dates to Sept. 10, 1988; only U2, with 31, has more. Only one Alternative Songs entry by the band has not reached the top 20: “Parallel Universe,” from Californication, peaked at No. 37 in 2001.

“Necessities” additionally debuts at No. 28 on the multi-metric (airplay/sales/streams) Hot Rock Songs chart and No. 50 on Rock Digital Songs, selling 3,000 downloads (in the final day of the sales tracking week).

The track is the first single from Red Hot Chili Peppers’ June 17 studio album The Getaway, the band’s 11th total and first since 2011’s I’m with You. That set debuted at No. 1 on both Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums with 229,000 copies sold. Danger Mouse handled production duties on The Getaway after Rick Rubin helmed the band’s previous six studio albums, dating back to 1991.