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The Black Keys Lead Adult Alternative Airplay Chart With ‘Beautiful People’

The Black Keys return to the top of Billboard’s Adult Alternative Airplay chart for an eighth time with “Beautiful People (Stay High),” which reigns on the Feb. 17-dated survey.

“Beautiful People” rules in its fourth week on the tally, sporting the quickest rise to the chart’s peak in 2024 so far and fastest since The Beatles’ “Now and Then” also took four frames in December 2023.

It’s the duo’s first No. 1 since “Wild Child” reigned for four weeks beginning in April 2022. Between “Wild Child” and “Beautiful People,” the band also appeared with “It Ain’t Over,” which peaked at No. 5 in September 2022.

The Black Keys first led with “Lonely Boy,” a seven-week topper beginning in December 2011.

With eight No. 1s, the band moves into a three-way tie for the fifth-most rulers in the history of Adult Alternative Airplay, which published its first chart in 1996, alongside Death Cab for Cutie and John Mayer. U2 leads all acts with 14 No. 1s.

Most No. 1s, Adult Alternative Airplay
14, U2
13, Coldplay
11, Dave Matthews (solo and with Dave Matthews Band)
11, Jack Johnson
8, Death Cab for Cutie
8, John Mayer
8, The Black Keys
7, Counting Crows
7, R.E.M.
7, Sheryl Crow

Concurrently, “Beautiful People” jumps 5-3 on Alternative Airplay and 30-26 on Mainstream Rock Airplay. On the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay chart, the track bullets at its No. 3 peak with 5.3 million audience impressions, up 9%, according to Luminate.

“Beautiful People (Stay High)” is the lead single from Ohio Players, The Black Keys’ 12th studio album, scheduled for release on April 5. The band’s last album, Dropout Boogie, debuted at No. 2 on the Top Rock & Alternative Albums chart dated May 28, 2022, and has earned 146,000 equivalent album units to date.

All Billboard charts dated Feb. 17 will update on Billboard.com on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

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