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Dirty Honey are the first unsigned band to rank among the top mainstream rock songs, thanks to ‘When I’m Gone’

Dirty Honey earns her first number 1 on BillboardThe Mainstream Rock Songs chart with “When I’m Gone” rising from No. 2 to the chart on October 5.

The crowning achievement is historic, as the classic rock-influenced Los Angeles quartet are the first unsigned act at the time of their chart triumph at the top of mainstream rock songs in the count’s nearly four-decade history. The song was released specifically by the band itself.

Dirty Honey’s dominance represents a rare feat anywhere on radio these days, not just in the mainstream rock radio format. It’s not like the band did it all on their own. It is run by Red Light Management, which launched radio promotion for the song in March, led by Mark Gorlick, who began promoting the song.

“I knew we had a hit record the second I heard it a year ago,” said band manager Mark DiDia. Billboard. “I felt in my gut that if we recorded it correctly and got the right team, we would have a No. 1 record. It feels good to be right.”

The track debuted on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart dated May 18, and soon after, the promotional team at Red Light Management began pushing the song, coinciding with iHeartRadio’s choice as On the Verge artist. for June.

Yet even as the song completes its ascent to No. 1, the band remains unsigned.

“It’s crazy: a brand new unsigned band has their first single at No. 1,” said Dirty Honey frontman Marc Labelle. “And to be at the top of the charts with a real rock song, that’s really cool. It’s also a testament to our team who worked so hard to make this happen.

“At the end of the day, this is a good win for rock ‘n’ roll.”

“When I’m Gone” simultaneously holds its No. 13 peak on the Rock Airplay all-rock format chart, earning 4.3 million viewership impressions, according to Nielsen Music.

Dirty Honey’s self-titled debut EP was released earlier this year, and the band are currently touring for Alter Bridge and Skillet in North America.