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Bastille’s “Pompeii” Erupts Into Top 40, Gains Mainstream Notice

Following the road paved by songs like Capital Cities’ “Safe & Sound” and The Neighbourhood’s “Sweater Weather,” Bastille’s international hit “Pompeii” is transitioning from an alternative smash into a mainstream American attraction.

The song’s lengthy climb to ubiquity, which included checkpoints at the summits of Alt Nation’s influential “Alt-18” and Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart, has finally reached the heights of the Top 40.

Up ten places from its position on the prior week’s chart, “Pompeii” landed at number thirty eight on the most recent edition of Billboard’s Hot 100.

In conjunction with its growing mainstream awareness, “Pompeii” is also making waves at iTunes. As of press time, the alternative pop song had reached number #21 on the store’s overall single sales chart.

Like “Sweater Weather,” which is presently #16 on iTunes and #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, “Pompeii” has already established itself as a breakthrough. If it manages to reach the top ten–the most logical next checkpoint–it would solidify its standing as a crossover smash.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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