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Billboard Rock Charts - December 1, 2012

Soundgarden, Deftones, Green Day Lead the Charge

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There were plenty of new releases that came out on November 13, which means that this week's Billboard Rock Charts is anything but stagnant. Well, at least on the albums side: Our singles charts show that rock fans are pretty happy with the tunes they already know and love.

Rock Songs Chart

1. fun. - "Some Nights" (Purchase/Download)
2. The Lumineers - "Ho Hey" (Purchase/Download)
3. Alex Clare - "Too Close" (Purchase/Download)
4. Phillip Phillips - "Home" (Purchase/Download)
5. Imagine Dragons - "It's Time" (Purchase/Download)

For seven weeks now, fun. rule the Rock Songs chart. However, "Some Nights" should beware of "Ho Hey," which moves up a notch to No. 2. The Lumineers single recently took over at No. 1 on the Rock Digital Songs chart, which keeps track of the most-downloaded tunes.

Rock Airplay Chart

1. Mumford & Sons - "I Will Wait" (Purchase/Download)
2. Muse - "Madness" (Purchase/Download)
3. The Lumineers - "Ho Hey" (Purchase/Download)
4. The Black Keys - "Little Black Submarines" (Purchase/Download)
5. Three Days Grace - "Chalk Outline" (Purchase/Download)

Mumford & Sons have watched their overall dominance of the Rock Charts slip away in the past couple weeks, but their single "I Will Wait" is still a monster on the Rock Airplay chart. The rest of the Top Five remains unchanged from a week ago, but that could change soon since Soundgarden's "Been Away Too Long" is at No. 7 and rising fast.

Rock Albums Chart

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 soundtrack (Purchase/Download)
2. Soundgarden - King Animal (Purchase/Download)
3. Green Day - Dos! (Purchase/Download)
4. Lana Del Rey - Paradise (Purchase/Download)
5. Deftones - Koi No Yokan (Purchase/Download)

The Top Five of the Rock Albums chart consists of all new entries, and at the top is the soundtrack to the final installment in the massively popular Twilight series. The collection actually features a band whose own album debuted strongly: Green Day, who are at No. 3 with Dos!. Soundgarden's reunion disc, King Animal, debuts at No. 2, while the best album in the bunch, Koi No Yokan, checks in at No. 5. Most surprising entry? Pop singer Lana Del Rey, who shows up at No. 4 with her EP Paradise.

Alternative Songs Chart

1. Muse - "Madness" (Purchase/Download)
2. Mumford & Sons - "I Will Wait" (Purchase/Download)
3. The Lumineers - "Ho Hey" (Purchase/Download)
4. The Black Keys - "Little Black Submarines" (Purchase/Download)
5. Passion Pit - "Take a Walk" (Purchase/Download)

For six weeks now, Muse's "Madness" has ruled the roost on the Alternative Songs chart. Just under the Top Five is Atlas Genius, whose "Trojans" is at No. 6. The Australian act could keep moving up the chart if the Black Keys' "Little Black Submarines," which drops from No. 3 to No. 4, keeps sliding.

Alternative Albums Chart

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 soundtrack (Purchase/Download)
2. Soundgarden - King Animal (Purchase/Download)
3. Green Day - Dos! (Purchase/Download)
4. Lana Del Rey - Paradise (Purchase/Download)
5. Deftones - Koi No Yokan (Purchase/Download)

No, it's not a typo: The Top Five on the Alternative Albums chart is exactly the same as on the Rock Albums chart. Worth noting: Debuting at No. 10 is An Omen, the new EP from Trent Reznor's new band How to Destroy Angels.

Hard Rock Albums Chart

1. Soundgarden - King Animal (Purchase/Download)
2. Deftones - Koi No Yokan (Purchase/Download)
3. Aerosmith - Music From Another Dimension! (Purchase/Download)
4. Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night) (Purchase/Download)
5. Motionless in White - Infamous (Purchase/Download)

Soundgarden beat out Deftones for the No. 1 spot on the Hard Rock Albums chart. Our previous No. 1, Music From Another Dimension! from Aerosmith, drops to No. 3, staying ahead of Trans-Siberian Orchestra on the countdown. And let's raise a glass to Motionless in White, a metal band whose second full-length effort, Infamous, debuts at No. 5.

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