Dillon Francis On the 'Money' With No. 2 Dance Debut
Also making dance moves: Mystery Skulls, Flight Facilities, Calvin Harris & Katy Perry.
Dillon Francis enters Dance/Electronic Albums at No. 2 with his major-label debut, Money Sucks Friends Rule. The set, released on Mad Decent/Columbia, bows with 9,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, good also for a No. 40 entry on the Billboard 200. Six of Money's 12 cuts have charted on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, including "Get Low" with DJ Snake (No. 13 peak, Francis' highest-charting single).
Francis is blocked from No. 1 by Disclosure, who storms back to the top for the first time in three months with Settle (12-1). Sales of the set swelled by 1,130 percent, to 10,000 units, following deep discounting at the Google Play store (to 99 cents). Disclosure also re-enters the Billboard 200 (No. 36) and the Billboard Artist 100 (No. 72).
Mystery Skulls soars onto Dance/Electronic Albums with the debut album Forever (No. 3, 3,000 units). Concurrently, its track "Ghost" debuts on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 17, thanks in large part to increased streaming activity. "Ghost" garnered 713,000 U.S. streams, 76 percent from YouTube, according to Nielsen BDS. Another Skulls track, "Number 1," hit the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart at No. 39 last week. That cut features vocals from Brandy and production by Nile Rodgers, as does another Forever song, “Magic.”
Elsewhere on Dance/Electronic Albums, Flight Facilities finds their first full-length hit, Down to Earth (No. 6, 2,000 units). The Australian electronic act reached No. 5 on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart with "Two Bodies," featuring Emma Louise, on Sept. 27. Earlier single "Crave You," featuring the vocal talents of Giselle, has spent 113 weeks on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs since 2012 (currently at No. 37), selling 561,000 units to date. "Crave" appears on Down to Earth in both its original form and in a short (just over one minute) a cappella version by fellow Australian superstar Kylie Minogue.
Calvin Harris' much-anticipated new album Motion, out this week (Nov. 4), continues to spawn activity around the artist. He is the only DJ in the upper half of the Billboard Artist 100, up for the third consecutive week (23-21). "Blame," featuring John Newman's vocals, serves as the Airplay and Digital Gainers on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, holding strong at No. 2 for a second week. Harris comes within just a few hundred units of overcoming Clean Bandit's "Rather Be" for No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs, shifting 46,000 units, up 8 percent. Not to be overlooked, "Blame" is No. 1 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay for a second week and it also climbs into the Hot 100 top 20 (21-19).
Over on Dance Club Songs, Katy Perry collects her 15th No. 1 with "This Is How We Do." It's her 15th straight No. 1, extending her record for consecutive chart-toppers. It's her fourth No. 1 this year, the most of any act in 2014, following "Unconditionally" (Jan. 4), "Dark Horse" (Feb. 22) and "Birthday" (June 21). With 15 No. 1s, Perry ties Jennifer Lopez and Donna Summer with the seventh-most toppers in the chart's 38-year history; Madonna leads with 43. Remixes from Chris Cox, Grandtheft and Eric Kupper, among others, helped Perry reach the pinnacle.
Dating to the Dance Club Songs chart's Aug. 28, 1976, inception as a national survey, here's an updated look at the acts with the most No. 1s:
19, Janet Jackson
17, Mariah Carey
16, Kristine W
15, Jennifer Lopez
15, Donna Summer
15, Katy Perry
13, Whitney Houston
13, Enrique Iglesias
13, Lady Gaga