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Matt Maeson joins rare company as "Hallucinogenics" hits number one on Billboard Alternative chart

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Matt Maeson‘s “Hallucinogenics” has reached the number-one spot on Billboard‘s Alternative Airplay chart.

“Hallucinogenics” is the second song from the Virginia singer-songwriter to conquer the Alternative Airplay ranking, following his breakout single, “Cringe.” As Billboard notes, that makes Maeson the first solo male artist to notch two number ones on Alternative Airplay in 15 years. 

The last musician to meet that criteria was Beck, who scored his second Alternative Airplay leader in 2005 with “E-Pro” after first hitting number one on the chart in 1994 with “Loser.” He later earned a third number one on the ranking with “Up All Night” in 2017.

Aside from Maeson and Beck, only four other male solo artists have notched two number-one singles on Alternative Airplay since the chart began in 1988: Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Morrissey and Peter Gabriel.

Both “Hallucinogenics” and “Cringe” appear on Maeson’s debut album, Bank on the Funeral, which was released in April 2019.

By Josh Johnson
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