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The Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin Each Score a Career First With 'RITMO'

The Black Eyed Peas, J Balvin - RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)
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The Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin, "RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)"

Plus, Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS lead Dance Club Songs.

The Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin bounce to their first No. 1 apiece on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart dated Dec. 14 with "RITMO (Bad Boys for Life)." The song rises 2-1 with 2,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec. 5, according to Nielsen Music.

Previously, each act reached No. 2 peaks on the survey, the Peas with "I Gotta Feeling" in 2010 and Balvin with "Que Calor" (with Major Lazer and featuring El Alfa) this September.

"RITMO," which samples Corona's mid-'90s smash "The Rhythm of the Night," spends a third frame at its No. 2 high on the multi-metric Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, also drawing 5.9 million U.S. streams.

On Dance Club Songs, Meduza and GOODBOYS each earn their second No. 1, and Becky Hill achieves her first, as "Lose Control" rises 2-1, even without the customary aid of official remixes.

"Control" also achieves new highs on Dance/Mix Show Airplay (6-2), Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (9-7) and Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales (21-13; 1,000 sold, up 8%).

Meduza detailed how the song came together in winter 2018, with GOODBOYS' Josh Grimmett and Conor Blake (who also worked on Meduza's and GOODBOYS' "Piece Of Your Heart") writing and producing the track. "Most of the song was actually written in that session," he recalls. "Months after, we were excited to have the talented Becky Hill come through to help write and finish the song, adding her amazing vocals. The first take of the vocal by Becky was, in fact, recorded with her lying down on a sofa, but we knew immediately we had something special. Josh and Becky's voices complimented each other so well that it made the track feel different and fresh, but still our sound of Meduza."