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Cage the Elephant Earns 10th Alternative Airplay No. 1 With ‘Skin and Bones’

Cage the Elephant becomes the fifth act with at least 10 No. 1s in the history of Billboard's Alternative Airplay chart, with "Skin and Bones" jumping 3-1 on the ranking dated Feb…

Cage the Elephant becomes the fifth act with at least 10 No. 1s in the history of Billboard‘s Alternative Airplay chart, with “Skin and Bones” jumping 3-1 on the ranking dated Feb. 13.

The song is the band’s 10th No. 1 among 18 visits, dating to its first entry, “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked,” in 2009. Its first No. 1, “Back Against the Wall,” followed in early 2010.

“Skin” is the third No. 1 from Cage the Elephant’s latest album, Social Cues, following six-week ruler “Ready to Let Go” beginning in March 2019 and the title track, which led for two weeks that October.

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Cage the Elephant ties Foo Fighters for the fourth-most No. 1s in the chart’s 32-year history.

Most No. 1s, Alternative Airplay
13, Red Hot Chili Peppers
12, Green Day
11, Linkin Park
10, Cage the Elephant
10, Foo Fighters
8, U2
7, Twenty One Pilots
6, R.E.M.

Concurrently, “Skin” rises to No. 1 on the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock Airplay chart with 5.3 million audience impressions, up 11%, according to MRC Data. It’s Cage the Elephant’s sixth No. 1 on the survey, which began in 2009, tying the band with Green Day for the second-most.

Most No. 1s, Rock Airplay
7, Foo Fighters
6, Cage the Elephant
6, Green Day
5, Twenty One Pilots
4, The Black Keys
4, Imagine Dragons
3, Linkin Park

In addition to its Alternative Airplay success, “Skin” is scaling Adult Alternative Airplay (4-3). Another ruler on the latter list would be the band’s sixth.

The track is the fourth single from Cage the Elephant’s LP Social Cues, which started at No. 2 on the Top Rock Albums tally in May 2019 and has earned 232,000 equivalent album units to date.