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The Pretty Reckless Sets Mainstream Rock Songs Record With New No. 1

10/26/2016 by Kevin Rutherford

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The Pretty Reckless in the video for "Take Me Down."

The band is the first act to send its first four Mainstream Rock Songs entries to the top.

The Pretty Reckless becomes the first act to send its first four entries to No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songsairplay chart (which began in 1981), as "Take Me Down" rises 2-1 on the chart dated Nov. 5.

Previously, the Taylor Momsen-led quartet had matched 3 Doors Down, which sent its first three titles to the top in 2000-01 (beginning with the nine-week No. 1 "Kryptonite" in 2000). The Pretty Reckless first crowned the chart with "Heaven Knows" for five weeks in 2014. The group's other two leaders before its latest: "Messed Up World" (four weeks, 2014) and "Follow Me Down" (one, 2015).

The Pretty Reckless also extends its record for the most No. 1s by a female-fronted group on the chart, with four.

With four straight No. 1s, The Pretty Reckless becomes one of only seven acts to send at least four straight titles to the top of Mainstream Rock Songs. Only one band has been able to notch five in a row, Three Days Grace:

Most Consecutive Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1s

5, Three Days Grace, 2012-15 ("Chalk Outline" through "I Am Machine")

4, The Pretty Reckless, 4, 2014-16 ("Heaven Knows" through "Take Me Down")

4, Volbeat, 2012-13 ("Still Counting" through "Lola Montez")

4, Shinedown, 2010-12 ("The Crow & the Butterfly" through "Unity")

4, Puddle of Mudd, 2002-03 ("Blurry" through "Away from Me")

4, Collective Soul, 1996-97 ("The World I Know" through "Listen")

4, The Black Crowes, 1992 ("Remedy" through "Hotel Illness")

"Down" is the first single from The Pretty Reckless' third studio album, Who You Selling For, released Oct. 21. The group's previous LP, 2014's Going to Hell, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, selling 35,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. It has sold 225,000 to date. The act's 2011 debut, Light Me Up, reached No. 65 and has sold 132,000.