Gorillaz make their first appearances on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart in more than seven years, as four songs debut on the ranking dated April 15, led by "Saturnz Barz" at No. 5.
"Saturnz" was boosted in part by a pair of music videos, one static and another that allows the viewer to spin the vantage point 360 degrees. The track bows on Hot Rock Songs powered by 6.5 million U.S. streams in the tracking week ending March 30, according to Nielsen Music. "Andromeda" follows with a No. 9 debut, along with "Ascension" (No. 11) and "We Got the Power" (No. 13). They succeed the act's only previous entry on Hot Rock Songs (which began in 2009), "Stylo," which peaked at No. 39 in April 2010.
All four tracks also launch on Rock Digital Song Sales, led by "Saturnz" (8,000 sold) at No. 6.
The songs find the Damon Albarn-helmed act, represented in media platforms by four cartoon characters, collaborating, as it often does, with guests, including Popcaan, D.R.A.M., Vince Staples and Savages' Jehnny Beth.
"We Got the Power" is off to the strongest start at radio among the new songs, as it nears the Alternative Songs chart with early support from KINK Portland, Oregon (39 plays in the tracking week), KNDD Seattle (33) and SiriusXM's Alt Nation (29). Gorillaz boast three top 10s on the chart: "Clint Eastwood" (No. 3, 2001), "Feel Good Inc." (eight weeks at No. 1, 2005) and "Dare," featuring Shaun Ryder (No. 8, 2006).
The new tracks preview the April 28 album Humanz, the first Gorillaz LP of new material since The Fall, which was initially released on Christmas Day 2010 as a free download, followed by its April 2011 physical arrival. The new album includes additional guest spots from De La Soul (who previously teamed with the act on "Feel Good Inc."), Mavis Staples and Pusha T.