‘Killer’ No. 1: Highly Suspect Slays Competition on Mainstream Rock Airplay Chart

Highly Suspect is back at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart, as “Natural Born Killer” slashes its way to the top of the Oct. 29-dated survey.

The group adds its third No. 1 on the ranking. It last ruled with “16,” for four weeks in 2019, after “My Name Is Human” reigned for eight weeks in 2016.

In between “16” and “Killer,” the band appeared on the chart with two tracks, “These Days” (No. 10 peak) and “Canals” (No. 40), both in 2020.

The band boasts seven Mainstream Rock Airplay top 10s, dating to its arrival with “Lydia” (No. 4, 2015). In addition to its aforementioned No. 1s, the band also reached No. 5 with “Bloodfeather” in 2016 and No. 2 with “Little One” in 2017. The band formed in 2009 on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

Concurrently, “Killer” places at No. 19 on Alternative Airplay, after reaching No. 16 earlier in October. It’s the band’s second-highest-ranking song on the tally, following “16,” which peaked at No. 15. Between “16” and “Killer,” “Days” reached the list at No. 39.

On the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay chart, the song lifts 8-7, a new best, with 2.9 million audience impressions, up 7%, in the week ending Oct. 23, according to Luminate.

“Killer” is the lead single from The Midnight Demon Club, Highly Suspect’s fourth studio album and the follow-up to 2019’s MCID. The former has earned 13,000 equivalent album units since release in September. The new set is the group’s first on FRKST/Roadrunner/3EE.

Kevin Rutherford