Kylie Minogue notches an impressive Billboard chart first, as, by holding down the Nos. 1 and 3 slots on this week's Dance/Club Play Songs survey, she becomes the first act to claim two of the top three ranks concurrently in the tally's nearly 35-year history.
Minogue crowns the list with "Better Than Today," from her "Aphrodite" album, while two rungs down, she's featured on Taio Cruz's "Higher" (with Travie McCoy). "Better Than Today" is Minogue's sixth Dance/Club Play Songs No. 1, and the third straight topper from "Aphrodite." The album previously yielded the leaders "All the Lovers" and "Get Outta My Way."
"I absolutely love knowing that there's such huge support for my songs in the U.S. club scene," Minogue tells Billboard. "To hit the No. 1 spot three times in a row is amazing and to break a Club chart record with two tracks in the top three is wonderful."
"Higher" was originally a solo Cruz effort from his "Rokkstar" album, but was reissued outside the U.S. with Minogue on guest vocals, and in America with McCoy.
Yet, dance clubs in the U.S. were serviced with "Higher" remixes featuring both Minogue and McCoy (including versions that blended the two together). Hence, all three acts share space on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart listing for "Higher."
Minogue kicked off her lavish Les Folies tour in Herning, Denmark, Feb. 19. The trek continues across Europe through April 12.
After finishing the European leg of the journey with a five-night stand at London's O2 Arena, Mingoue ventures to Japan, with a new configuration of the tour (Aphrodite Live 2011), beginning April 23.
Minogue reaches North America April 28 in Montreal, with her first U.S. date in Boston April 29. The tour wraps May 22 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
The record-breaking chart queen adds, "I can't wait to bring my Aphrodite tour to the States to celebrate!"
Keith Caulfield is Billboard's associate director of charts/retail and manages the Billboard 200 and a host of additional charts.