Nita Strauss becomes first solo woman to lead ‘Billboard’ Mainstream Rock Airplay chart in 32 years

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Nita Strauss has accomplished a Billboard chart feat not seen in over three decades.

The guitarist, who plays in Alice Cooper‘s live band, has hit number one on the Mainstream Rock Airplay ranking with her solo single “Dead Inside,” making her the first female solo artist to conquer the tally in 32 years.

The last solo woman to lead Mainstream Rock Airplay was Alannah Myles, who reached number one with “Black Velvet” in 1990.

Strauss also hits number one with her first ever single to chart on Mainstream Rock Airplay. The last artist to do that was All Good Things with their song “For the Glory” last year.

“Dead Inside,” which was released this past October, features guest vocals by Disturbed frontman David Draiman. The track follows Strauss’ 2018 debut solo album, the instrumental Controlled Chaos.

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