"I feel like 'Nightlight' sets up a story and tone that I can continue building on with my next releases," ILLENIUM (real name: Nick Miller) tells Billboard. "It's the beginning of a journey for both the character in the song and my next chapter of music. The initial idea came from a voice memo that [singer-songwriter] Annika Wells sent me that I downloaded and threw immediately into [production software] Ableton. The biggest breakthrough for me was the open chorus with all the 'oooh's. It really inspired the rest of the production."
ILLENIUM crowns the chart entirely due to core-dance plays, including on airplay leaders KMVQ-HD2 San Francisco, SiriusXM's BPM and WCPY Chicago, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. (The Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart measures radio airplay on a select group of full-time dance stations, along with plays during mix shows on nearly 80 top 40-formatted reporters.)
In other ILLENIUM news, his track "Paper Thin," with Tom DeLonge and Angels & Airwaves, debuts at No. 10 on the multi-metric Hot Dance/Electronic Songs list. It's ILLENIUM's fifth top 10 and the first each for DeLonge and Angels & Airwaves. "Paper" earned 1.5 million U.S. streams and sold 2,000 downloads in the week ending Oct. 29, the latter figure also good for a No. 3 bow on the Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales list.