Twenty One Pilots Score Ninth Alternative Airplay No. 1 With ‘Saturday’

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“Saturday” becomes Twenty One Pilots’ ninth No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Airplay chart, rising 2-1 on the Sept. 4-dated survey.

Each of the duo’s No. 1s has ruled since November 2015, dating to “Stressed Out.” That’s almost double the sum of the runners-up in that span; as Cage the Elephant and Imagine Dragons follow with five leaders each in that nearly six-year stretch.

Twenty One Pilots move into sole possession of the sixth-most No. 1s in the history of Alternative Airplay, which began in September 1988. Red Hot Chili Peppers lead all acts with 13.

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

“Saturday” follows Twenty One Pilots’ eight-week leader “Shy Away” in May and June. Additionally, each of the band’s last five non-holiday offerings has reached the chart’s summit, beginning with “Chlorine” in April 2019; among that run, last year’s “Christmas Saves the Year” peaked at No. 32.

“Saturday” is the most popular day in an Alternative Airplay No. 1 song title, joining Panic! at the Disco’s “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” in 2018. It one-ups its predecessor day, as The Cure’s “Friday I’m in Love” led in 1992. Honorable mentions for the next two days chronologically; acts The Sundays and Happy Mondays each notched a No. 1 in 1990 and 1991, respectively.

“Saturday” holds at its No. 5 high on the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay chart with 4.2 million audience impressions, according to MRC Data. It also rises 40-36 in its second week on Adult Alternative Airplay. It bullets at its No. 28 best on Adult Pop Airplay and rises 31-29 on Pop Airplay, the first song from the band’s latest album, Scaled and Icy, to cross over to the pop radio tallies.

On the multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, “Saturday” returns to the top 20 (21-19, after reaching No. 16). It drew 8.4 million audience impressions across all radio formats and 1.9 million U.S. streams and sold 500 downloads in the week ending Aug. 26.

Scaled and Icy, Twenty One Pilots’ sixth studio album, which houses “Saturday” and “Shy Away,” debuted at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts dated June 5 and has earned 204,000 equivalent album units to date.

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