He leads on the strength of hits by Shinedown and Sixx:A.M.
Producer and music industry executive Rob Cavallo hits No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hard Rock Producers chart (dated Sept. 5) for the first time, thanks to a pair of sole production credits on the latest Hot Hard Rock Songs chart.
Shinedown’s “Atlas Falls” ranks at No. 4 on Hot Hard Rock Songs and “Maybe It’s Time,” by Sixx:A.M. Presents: Artists for Recovery, featuring Corey Taylor, Joe Elliott, Brantley Gilbert, Ivan Moody, Slash, Awolnation and Tommy Vext, debuts at No. 8.
The latter song is a charity single whose proceeds and artist royalties will aid the Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation, which funds organizations that provide support services for people in early recovery from substance use disorders.
Cavallo has tallied over 40 production credits on the Billboard Hot 100, including six top 10s:
No. 9 peak, Goo Goo Dolls, “Iris,” 1998
No. 8, Goo Goo Dolls, “Slide,” 1999
No. 2, Green Day, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” 2005
No. 6, Green Day, “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” 2005
No. 9, My Chemical Romance, “Welcome to the Black Parade,” 2007
No. 7, Shinedown, “Second Chance,” 2009
Cavallo has also produced Hot 100 hits by, among others, Phil Collins, Jewel, Adam Lambert, Dave Matthews Band and Paramore.
Cavallo previously served as chairman of Warner Records and co-founded media company Level 7.
As for another feat thanks to “Maybe It’s Time,” Joe Elliott makes his first chart appearance apart from Def Leppard. With Elliott as the band’s frontman, Def Leppard has been a presence on Billboard charts for over 40 years, dating to the July 5, 1980, bow of the band’s debut studio album On Through the Night on the Billboard 200. The group boasts seven top 10 sets on the chart, including two No. 1s. On the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, Def Leppard has earned four top 10s, including the No. 1 “Love Bites” in 1988.
Elliot concurrently earns his first solo No. 1, as “Maybe It’s Time” enters atop Hard Rock Digital Song Sales with 2,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
The weekly Hard Rock Songwriters and Hard Rock Producers charts (which began in June) are based on total points accrued by a songwriter and producer, respectively, for each attributed song that appears on the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart; As with Billboard‘s yearly recaps, multiple writers or producers split points for each song equally (and the dividing of points will lead to occasional ties on rankings).