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Volbeat Wears ‘Crown’ Atop Mainstream Rock Songs Chart

"The Devil's Bleeding Crown" becomes the Danish band's fifth No. 1.

Volbeat‘s “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” assumes the throne on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs radio airplay chart (dated May 21), rising 2-1 in its fifth week to become the band’s fifth leader.

The Danish quartet achieves its quickest rise to No. 1 and the chart’s fastest since Shinedown’s “Cut the Cord,” which reached the apex in its fourth week (Aug. 8, 2015).

“Crown” is just the seventh song in the 2010s to reach No. 1 on Mainstream Rock Songs in five chart weeks or less (of 86 total songs to rise to the top in that span). The list:


Title, Act, Date Reached No. 1, Weeks to No. 1

“Rope,” Foo Fighters, April 2, 2011, four

“Live to Rise,” Soundgarden, May 19, 2012, five

“Chalk Outline,” Three Days Grace, Sept. 22, 2012, four

“Hail to the King,” Avenged Sevenfold, Aug. 24, 2013, four

“Something from Nothing,” Foo Fighters, Nov. 8, 2014, two

“Cut the Cord,” Shinedown, Aug. 8, 2015, four

“The Devil’s Bleeding Crown,” Volbeat, May 21, 2016, five

With five Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1s, Volbeat now is now batting over .500 in terms of sending its entries to the summit; the act has charted nine charting songs total, reaching the top 10 with all but debut track “Fallen,” which stopped just shy at No. 11 in 2011. Until this week, Volbeat had last led with “Lola Montez” on the chart dated Dec. 7, 2013.

Last month, “Crown” scored Volbeat its best rank on Rock Digital Songs, debuting at No. 20 with 8,000 downloads sold in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. The song also started at No. 3 on Hard Rock Digital Songs, also the band’s highest placement.

“Crown” is the first single from Volbeat’s sixth studio album, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie, due June 3. Another song from the set has been released: “The Bliss,” which debuts this week at No. 4 on Hard Rock Digital Songs and No. 33 on Rock Digital Songs (4,000 sold). The band has peaked as high as No. 2 on Top Rock Albums with 2013’s Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, which also became its lone leader on Hard Rock Albums.