Daughtry “Artificial”

Behind the scenes of Daughtry's "Artificial" music video (YouTube).

DAUGHTRY Secures First Mainstream Rock Airplay No. 1 with ‘Artificial’

February 10th, 2024

Daughtry achieved a significant milestone as “Artificial” ascended to the top spot on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart, dated February 17. 

It’s been 17 years since the Chris Daughtry-led band first broke into the chart with “It’s Not Over,” which peaked at No. 5 in March 2007. 

Chris Daughtry began his career in earnest as a contestant on American Idol, where he placed fourth during the competition show’s fifth season in 2006. 

Though “Artificial” is Daughtry’s first Mainstream Rock No. 1, the band has previously topped other Billboard airplay charts multiple times. This includes four No. 1 hits on Adult Pop Airplay between 2007 and 2009, as well as one each on Pop Airplay and Adult Contemporary.

Daughtry returned to the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart with 2020’s “World on Fire.” 

Meanwhile, “Artificial” continues its ascent on the Rock & Alternative Airplay chart, moving from 14 to 13 with a 13% increase in audience impressions. The song also ranks at No. 12 on the most recent Hot Hard Rock Songs list, bolstered by both radio airplay and streaming activity.

“Artificial” arrived as a standalone single as the follow-up to 2021’s Dearly Beloved, which has accumulated 88,000 equivalent album units to date, according to Luminate.