Alesso Advances, Cash Cash Debuts on Dance/Electronic Charts
Alesso accelerates on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Heroes (We Could Be)" (27-13), taking Digital Gainer honors. The track also enters Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (No. 9) with 16,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, as well as Dance/Mix Show Airplay (No. 12).
Fellow Swede Tove Lo provides vocals for "Heroes," officially the first radio single from the DJ's U.S. major-label debut (on Def Jam), due next year. Concurrently, "Tear the Roof Up," promoted only to dance clubs, becomes Alesso's second top 10 on Dance Club Songs (12-8). Alesso (born Alessandro Lindblad) hit No. 1 alongside mentor (and former Swedish House Mafia member) Sebastian Ingrosso with "Calling (Lose My Mind)" in June 2012.
SWEET 'SURRENDER': Cash Cash catapults onto Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with "Surrender" (No. 21, 12,000 sold). The new single is being promoted by a Twitter campaign, #SurrenderToCashCash. The act, a trio of producers (brothers JP Makhlouf and Alex Makhlouf, plus Sam Frisch), is encouraging fans to change their Twitter profile pictures to white flags, mirroring the single's cover art. If fans tweet the hashtag, the group may tweet, follow or even "takeover" (with permission) the fan's account with exclusive content.
"Surrender" will be included on an album due in 2015, which may feature collaborations with Cher Lloyd, Dev, Christina Perri, and Dragonette, among others.
Steve Aoki saunters onto Hot Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 28 with "Get Me Outta Here," featuring Flux Pavilion, a preview track from Aoki's Neon Future I (due Sept. 30 on Ultra). "Outta Here" also debuts on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (No. 16; 7,000 sold). Aoki, along with Chris Lake and Tujamo, featuring Kid Ink, ranks at No. 12 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with "Delirious (Boneless)" (having reached No. 9). The latter track, essentially a reworking of Aoki's "Boneless" with Kid Ink's rap, also hit No. 21 on Hot Rap Songs earlier this month.
Meanwhile, a third track from Dillon Francis' major-label debut (expected Oct. 28 on Columbia), "We Make It Bounce," debuts on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 31. The track, featuring Major Lazer and Stylo G, further previews the DJ's Money Sucks, Friends Rule album. Previously released tracks "When We Were Young," which Francis created with Sultan and Ned Shepard and features The Chain Gang of 1974, debuted at No. 36 on Aug. 23, while "I Can't Take It" entered at No. 31 three weeks later. The album also contains Francis' hit with DJ Snake, "Get Low," which peaked at No. 13 in March. "Bounce" also debuts on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs at No. 18 (5,000).
BACK WITH 'BLACK': Iggy Azalea ignites Dance Club Songs with her second No. 1 in three months, "Black Widow" (2-1). It's also the fourth chart-topper for featured artist Rita Ora, dating back to her debut, "How We Do (Party)" in July 2012. Remixes from Vice, Justin Prime and Dank, among others, powered "Widow" to the top. Azalea's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, topped the July 5 tally. (She first charted on Dance Club Songs in August 2013 with the eventual No. 5-peaking "Work.")
Additionally on Dance Club Songs, superstar Taylor Swift makes her first-ever chart appearance, as "Shake It Off" debuts at No. 39. While no official remixes have been released, club play of bootleg versions and mash-ups contributed to its bow. The pop hit holds at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 after spending two weeks at No. 1.