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Billboard Rock Charts - March 30, 2013

David Bowie, 'Sound City' Are This Week's Chart Heroes


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'Sound City: Real to Reel'

Photo courtesy Nasty Little Man.
Last week on the Billboard Rock Charts, it was a blast from the past as a new album from the long-dead Jimi Hendrix made a splash. This week, other classic rock figures make their presence felt, although, happily, they're all alive to enjoy their chart success.

Rock Songs Chart

1. The Lumineers - "Ho Hey" (Purchase/Download)
2. Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive" (Purchase/Download)
3. Mumford & Sons - "I Will Wait" (Purchase/Download)
4. Imagine Dragons - "It's Time" (Purchase/Download)
5. fun. - "Carry On" (Purchase/Download)

Sixteen weeks: That's how long that the Lumineers have been No. 1 on the Rock Songs chart. "Ho Hey" holds off "Radioactive" yet again, but the Denver trio might want to keep an eye out for fun., who crash the Top Five with "Carry On," which lands at No. 5.

Rock Airplay Chart

1. Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive"
2. Of Monsters and Men - "Mountain Sound" (Purchase/Download)
3. Muse - "Madness" (Purchase/Download)
4. Atlas Genius - "Trojans" (Purchase/Download)
5. The Lumineers - "Stubborn Love" (Purchase/Download)

Imagine Dragons may be stuck at No. 2 on the Rock Songs chart, but it's a happier story for the Vegas quartet here on the Rock Airplay chart. For three weeks, "Radioactive" has been on top, withstanding a charge from Of Monsters and Men's "Mountain Sound."

Rock Albums Chart

1. Bon Jovi - What About Now (Purchase/Download)
2. David Bowie - The Next Day (Purchase/Download)
3. Eric Clapton - Old Sock (Purchase/Download)
4. Sound City: Real to Reel (Purchase/Download)
5. Mumford & Sons - Babel (Purchase/Download)

There's a ton of upheaval on the Rock Albums chart, as four debuts break into the Top Five. On top are Bon Jovi with What About Now, their first studio release since 2009's The Circle. At No. 2 is David Bowie with The Next Day, his first all-new album in 10 years. Right below him is Eric Clapton; Old Sock is an album that consists of mostly covers. Finally, Sound City: Real to Reel places at No. 4. For those who don't know, that's the soundtrack to Dave Grohl's documentary about the legendary Southern California recording space.

Alternative Songs Chart

1. Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive"
2. Of Monsters and Men - "Mountain Sound"
3. The Lumineers - "Stubborn Love"
4. Silversun Pickups - "The Pit" (Purchase/Download)
5. Muse - "Madness"

"Radioactive" remains on top of the Alternative Songs chart for a fifth week. The big mover, however, is "Stubborn Love": The second single from the Lumineers jumps from No. 5 to No. 3. Also worth pointing out is that Muse's "Madness" falls from No. 4 to No. 5, but it's definitely going to be heard a lot in the next few weeks. (It's the theme song to this year's CBS coverage of the NCAA college basketball tournament.)

Alternative Albums Chart

1. David Bowie - The Next Day
2. Sound City: Real to Reel
3. Mumford & Sons - Babel
4. Imagine Dragons - Night Visions (Purchase/Download)
5. fun. - Some Nights (Purchase/Download)

The Next Day starts off at No. 1 on the Alternative Albums chart. Last week's No. 1, Babel, falls to No. 3. As for Sound City: Real to Reel, this is probably the first album to include an appearance from Rick Springfield to be considered alternative.

Hard Rock Albums Chart

1. Sound City: Real to Reel
2. Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell and Angels (Purchase/Download)
3. Red - Release the Panic (Purchase/Download)
4. Bullet for My Valentine - Temper Temper (Purchase/Download)
5. Adrenaline Mob - Coverta (Purchase/Download)

Sound City: Real to Reel knocks off Hendrix's People, Hell and Angels to reign supreme on the Hard Rock Albums chart. The only other debut in the Top Five comes from Adrenaline Mob, whose EP Coverta starts off at No. 5.

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