Because this week's Billboard Rock Songs chart falls on the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, it's hard not to reflect back on which of these bands have been around since that fateful, terrible day. To my surprise, quite a few of them have. But let's put aside sad remembrances for a moment and just focus on rock 'n' roll.
This may be the end for "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall." This week, the Coldplay song drops three notches to No. 10. For the modern rock fixtures, this chart performance is something of a disappointment for Coldplay. On the Rock Songs chart, "Every Teardrop" peaked at No. 5, while on the Alternative Songs chart it only got as high as No. 4. It's hard to know if that means that people are cooling to Coldplay or that they just weren't that jazzed by this particular song.
Bush are back. The band, led by frontman Gavin Rossdale, haven't put out an album since 2001, but they announced their reunion last summer. Their new album, The Sea of Memories, is expected September 13, and on this week's chart "The Sound of Winter" is our sole debut, landing at No. 8.
This week's high climbers are Staind. "Not Again," the first single from their forthcoming self-titled album, vaults up three spots. The alt-metal group are hoping that Staind helps the band right the ship commercially after 2008's The Illusion of Progress, which was the only Staind album in the last decade not to hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart. It was also their only major-label record not to at least go gold.
There's a bit of a traffic jam at the top of our chart. That's bad news for Foster the People, who continue to gain in airplay and sales for their breakthrough hit "Pumped Up Kicks." Unfortunately, that isn't translating into movement. The song is at No. 3 for a fifth week in a row.
Congrats to Foo Fighters, who won Best Rock Video at the MTV Video Music Awards for "Walk" off Wasting Light. Sadly, that doesn't mean they regained the top spot on the Billboard Rock Songs chart. The previous No. 1 hit has to again settle for No. 2, where it's been for six consecutive weeks.