The Pretty Reckless’ “Follow Me Down” Nears Top 10 as Greatest Airplay Gainer

The Pretty Reckless’ “Follow Me Down” is in hot pursuit of the multi-week #1 standing achieved by predecessors “Messed Up World” and “Heaven Knows.”

It moves one step closer this week.

Thanks to the week’s greatest spin gain (+121), the latest “Going to Hell” single rises three places to #11 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. The song received a 761 weekly spins from the mainstream rock stations monitored by Nielsen BDS.

(“Follow Me Down” is also rising on Mediabase’s corresponding active rock airplay chart. That chart’s second-greatest weekly gainer (+117), “Follow Me Down” rose to #12 on the strength of its 871 weekly active rock spins.)

In spending five weeks atop Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs, the aforementioned “Heaven Knows” tied Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” as the chart’s longest-reigning song with female lead vocals.

When “Messed Up World” rose to #1, it made The Pretty Reckless the first female-led band/group to score consecutive #1s since The Pretenders did so with “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and “My Baby.”

TPR was the only band to achieve that feat with its first two charting singles.

Written by Brian Cantor

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