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Tom Petty is the first artist with a posthumous top 10 hit on the “Billboard” Adult Alternative Songs chart


Credit: Mark Seliger“Keep a Little Soul,” the first single from the late Tom Petty‘s upcoming archival box set, An American Treasure, has broken into the top 10 of Billboard‘s Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart. That makes Petty the first artist ever to score a posthumous top 10 hit on the tally, which was introduced in 1996.

The song was recorded in 1982 by Petty and his band The Heartbreakers during sessions for their fifth studio album, Long After Dark, released the following year.

Tom has had eight previous songs reach the top 10 of the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart, the most recent being “U Get Me High,” from the 2014 Petty and the Heartbreakers album Hypnotic Eye. That tune reached #2 on the tally.

An American Treasure, which will be released on September 28, is a 60-track collection featuring previously unreleased tracks, rarities, alternate versions of well-known tunes, deep cuts and live performances. It was compiled and curated by Petty’s daughter Adria and wife Dana, along with Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmont Tench, and Tom’s frequent studio collaborator Ryan Ulyate.

Petty died from mixed drug toxicity on October 2, 2017. He was 66.

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