After debuting on several Billboard charts dated May 21 after its first hours of release, My Chemical Romance’s “The Foundations of Decay” explodes onto more charts after its first seven days of tracking, leading its vault to No. 1 in the Hot Hard Rock survey Songs dated May 28.
“Decay” garnered 5.2 million official US streams and 1.5 million radio audience impressions and sold 4,500 downloads during the May 13-19 tracking week, according to Luminate. These sums encompass activity in all but the first six hours of the song’s availability, as it was released at 6 p.m. ET on May 12.
My Chemical Romance landed its first No. 1 on Hot Hard Rock Songs, which debuted in June 2020. The track also debuted at No. 5 on Hot Alternative Songs, which premiered the same month, and starts at No. 7 on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, which debuted in 2009.
The Gerard Way-led act earned their highest Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart with “Sing,” which peaked at No. 4 in 2011. Prior to the chart’s launch, the band’s signature song, “Welcome to the Black Parade “, topped Alternative Aired for seven weeks in 2006 and peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 all genre and multi-metric in 2007.
“Decay” tripled to No. 1 in Rock Digital Song Sales, Alternative Digital Song Sales, and Hard Rock Digital Song Sales, the group’s first leader on each list. It also ranks #1 on Hard Rock Streaming Songs and #7 on Rock Streaming Songs and Alternative Streaming Songs.
The song also scores a quick start on the radio. After debuting at No. 31 on Alternative Airplay after just over three days of availability, it rose to No. 16, the group’s highest rank since “Sing” hit No. 2 in 2011. also bowed at No. 36 on Mainstream Rock Airplay, the act’s first appearance since “Famous Last Words” peaked at No. 23 in 2007. On the audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay chart, the track jumps 31-24.
“Decay” is My Chemical Romance’s first new material since 2014’s “Fake Your Death,” after the band announced their split in 2013, which lasted until 2019. The new single accompanies the reunion world tour of the group, which debuted on May 16 in the UK. The band’s latest album, Danger Days: the real life of the fabulous killjoyscame out in 2010.