Twenty One Pilots’ “Shy Away” Erupts As Alternative Radio’s Most Added Song

twenty one pilots’ new single convincingly tops the alternative add board.

twenty one pilots - 2021 press photo by Ashley Osborn, courtesy of Fueled By Ramen/Elektra

Alternative radio programmers definitely did not “Shy Away” from the new twenty one pilots single.

“Shy Away,” that eagerly anticipated new single, won support from 65 Mediabase-monitored alternative stations this week. It dominantly ranks as the format’s most added song.

A playlist pickup for 10 stations, Peach Tree Rascals’ “Change My Mind” takes second on the Mediabase add board.

With 9 adds each, All Time Low’s “Once In A Lifetime” and Tessa Violet & lovelytheband’s “Games” tie for third place. Beach Bunny’s “Cloud 9” and The Maine’s “Sticky,” which each landed at 7 stations, follow in a tie for fifth.

This week’s other notable alternative radio options: Alice Merton’s “Vertigo” (7th-most), AREA21’s “La La La” (8th-most), Black Pumas’ “Colors” (9th-most, tie), Grouplove’s “Deadline” (9th-most, tie), The Band Camino’s “1 Last Cigarette” (9th-most, tie), and Manchester Orchestra’s “Bed Head” (9th-most, tie).

Written by Brian Cantor

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