Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 | 5 p.m.
First the Grammys, then ... the world!
Well, not quite, but hometown boys Imagine Dragons are doing a pretty good job of dominating the ranks of music industry success this year. The anthemic alt-rockers made chart history this week, breaking the record for the longest run on Billboard’s Hot 100 with their ubiquitous “Radioactive,” which charted a record 77th week.
The last time the trade pub’s ranking saw such a streak was in 2008-09 with Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours,” which set a record 76-week run on the Hot 100.
“Radioactive” earned Imagine Dragons Grammy nods last year for Record of the Year and Best Rock Performance, winning the latter at last month’s awards in Los Angeles. The group also performed at the show alongside Kendrick Lamar with a mash-up of “Radioactive” and Lamar’s “m.A.A.d city.”
"It's unbelievable," lead singer Dan Reynolds told Billboard in reaction to the chart news. "There are few things more satisfying as an artist than seeing your music have longevity. But, we could never have expected to see one of our songs have legs like this.”
Still, the band’s chart victory may be short-lived, as Awolnation’s “Sail” trails just behind at 76 weeks on the Hot 100. That song sits at No. 40 on the chart, while “Radioactive” is at No. 26.
The latter debuted on the Hot 100 at No. 93 the week of Aug. 18, 2012, dropping off briefly before returning in September and peaking at No. 3 the week of Aug. 3, 2013. Two other singles from their debut, “Night Visions,” also currently rank on the chart: “Demons,” at No. 19, and new single “On Top of the World” at No. 94.
“Radioactive” has sold more than 6.6 million downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. “Night Visions” is currently at No. 6 and in its 76th week on the Billboard Top 200, selling 2.1 million copies to date.