The Year in Dance/Electronic 2014: Avicii Leads Multiple Year-End Charts
Avicii dominated Billboard's dance/electronic charts in 2014, and finishes as the year's Top Dance/Electronic Artist.
Additionally, the 25-year old Swedish DJ/producer places five tracks on the year-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs recap, and was the only act to place more than one song in the year-end top 10. The star's album, True, also comes in at No. 3 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums year-end tally.
Avicii's breakthrough single "Wake Me Up!" spent 26 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and finishes at No. 2 on the list's year-end recap. During the 2014 chart year -- which began with the Dec. 7, 2013-dated list and ran through the Nov. 29, 2014 chart -- "Wake Me Up!" clocked 15 weeks at No. 1. The song was so popular, its No. 1 reign was split into two chart years: 15 weeks at No. 1 in 2014 and 11 in 2013.
Avicii's second song in the top 10 of the year-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs tally is "Hey Brother," which ranks at No. 7. It replaced "Wake Me Up!" at No. 1 on the weekly Dance/Electronic Songs chart in March, making Avicii the first act to replace itself at No. 1 in the young history of the list (the chart launched on Jan. 26, 2013).
Avicii also dominates the Dance/Electronic Digital Songs Artist and Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs Artists recaps (where he is No. 1 on both), is the No. 2 Dance/Mix Show Airplay Artist, and the No. 3 Hot Dance Club Songs Artist.
Snake Slithers to No. 1 on New Artist List: DJ Snake is the Top Dance/Electronic New Artist, thanks in large part to his mega-hit with Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What," which is No. 1 on the year-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs recap. On the New Artist recap, DJ Snake is trailed by Clean Bandit, Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers and Kiesza at Nos. 2-5, respectively.
The Chainsmokers took the cultural phenomenon of taking a selfie to the airwaves in 2014, scoring two weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with "#Selfie." The cheeky track comes in at No. 9 for the year on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs.
The Return of House: The charts also showcased the rise of soulful house-routed acts like Disclosure, Clean Bandit, and Kiesza.
Disclosure is No. 4 on the year-end Top Dance/Electronic Artists recap (behind Avicii, Lady Gaga and Calvin Harris). The English duo's ranking was powered in part by its No. 6 finish on the year-end Dance/Electronic Albums tally (with Settle) and its smash single "Latch," featuring Sam Smith. The latter ranks at No. 5 on the year-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs list.
The song also climbed to No. 1 on the weekly Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (after a record 47-week climb).
The year's second-longest ascent to No. 1 was owned by Clean Bandit's "Rather Be," featuring Jess Glynne. It slowly made its way to the top of the weekly chart after a leisurely 37-week rise. It closes 2014 as the No. 4 Hot Dance/Electronic Song.
Kiesza's "Hideaway" was a fixture in the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10, spending 17 consecutive weeks in the region, peaking at No. 7. The song's unique one-take music video helped propel the tune's popularity, as it finishes at No. 17 on the year-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs recap. It has racked up more than 163 million global YouTube views.
Club Chart Toasts Basement Jaxx & Katy Perry: Veteran dance duo Basement Jaxx cap 2014 with the No. 1 title on the year-end Dance Club Songs list, "Never Say Never."
The song spent nine weeks in the top 10, including a week at No. 1, and was recently nominated for the Best Dance Recording Grammy Award. Two other acts who finished with songs in the Dance Club Songs top five -- Royksopp & Robyn (No. 2 with "Do It Again") and Duke Dumont (No. 5 with "I Got U") -- also picked up Grammy nods.
Katy Perry added four new Dance Club Songs No. 1s to her total tally -- the most of any act in 2014 -- and not surprisingly finishes as the No. 1 Dance Club Songs Artist. She hit the top with "Unconditionally" (on the Jan. 4-dated chart), "Dark Horse" (Feb. 22), "Birthday" (June 21), and "This Is How We Do" (Nov. 15). In the process, Perry tied the legendary Donna Summer with 15 total No. 1s, the seventh-most toppers in the chart's 38-year history (Madonna leads with 43).
Unique to Perry, however, is that all 15 of her No. 1s are consecutive, an unprecedented feat.
'Summer' Lovin': Calvin Harris' "Summer" is the year's No. 1 Dance/Mix Show Airplay song, powered by its 13-week run at No. 1 on the weekly Dance/Mix Show chart.
Harris was also one of several acts to score their career-best sales weeks in 2014, debuting atop Dance/Electronic Albums. His Motion moved 35,000 units in its first week according to Nielsen Music, launching a three-week tenure at No. 1. Skrillex sold 47,000 units of Recess in its first week and went on to enjoy five weeks at No. 1. Electro-violinist Lindsey Stirling, however, outsold both of those DJ/producers, as her Shatter Me debuted with 56,000 units. All three albums entered the Billboard 200's top five -- all career-high chart placings.
Harris, Skrillex and Stirling finish 2014 at Nos. 3, 12 and 5 on the year-end Top Dance/Electronic Artists recap. Meanwhile, Motion, Recess and Shatter Me ranks at Nos. 11, 5 and 4 on the Dance/Electronic Albums roundup.
Lady Gaga Leads Albums Recap: Lady Gaga finishes the year as the top Dance/Electronic Albums Artist and tallies the No. 1 Dance/Electronic Album, ARTPOP.
Gaga's ARTPOP enjoyed nine weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Dance/Electronic Albums chart during the chart year, and spent nearly the entire frame on the chart. (The album debuted at No. 1 on the Nov. 30, 2013-dated chart, the final week of the 2013 chart year.)