The Black Keys Go ‘Wild’ Atop Alternative Airplay Chart

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The Black Keys rank at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Alternative Airplay chart for the sixth time, as “Wild Child” tops the May 14-dated survey.

The song is the first leader for the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney since “Lo/Hi,” which ruled for a week in May 2019. The pair first hit No. 1 with “Tighten Up” in 2010, followed by “Lonely Boy” (2011), “Gold on the Ceiling” (2012) and “Fever” (2014).

In between “Lo/Hi” and “Child,” The Black Keys reached Alternative Airplay three times, paced by the No. 4-peaking “Go” in late 2019.

The duo ties for the ninth-most No. 1s in the Alternative Airplay chart’s 33-year history. Red Hot Chili Peppers lead with 14, having added their latest, “Black Summer,” in early April.

Concurrently, “Child” holds at No. 2 on Adult Alternative Airplay, after leading for three weeks in April, and bullets at its No. 12 best on Mainstream Rock Airplay. On the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay chart, the track ranks at its No. 2 high with 6.5 million audience impressions, up 2%, according to Luminate.

Elsewhere, “Child” rises to No. 16 on Hot Alternative Songs and No. 22 on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, with both charts incorporating airplay, streaming and sales data. In the April 29-May 5 tracking week, the song earned 791,000 official U.S. streams and sold 500 downloads.

“Child” is the lead single from Dropout Boogie, The Black Keys’ 11th studio album, due May 13. Its predecessor, the covers collection Delta Kream, debuted at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums, Top Alternative Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts in May 2021.

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