Spotify Spotlight Lifts Avicii on Dance/Electronic Charts

Mark Seliger

Avicii earns multiple streaming gains following his New Year's Eve Spotify event, One World Party. His exclusive playlist was touted by the streaming service as the perfect soundtrack to party into 2015 with, and it yields chart results for the superstar DJ.

On Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, "The Nights" moves to within one spot of becoming Avicii's fifth top 10 (12-11). According to Nielsen Music, "Nights" netted 1 million U.S. streams in the week ending Jan. 4 (up 91 percent), of which 74 percent came from Spotify, where it increased by 148 percent. Clearly, the playlist promo worked.

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Additionally, previous single "The Days" rebounds 19-13 (793,000, up 71 percent), while sporting an 83 percent increase in Spotify plays. "Divine Sorrow," a Wyclef-fronted track featuring Avicii, gains, as well, rising 26-22 (482,000 Spotify streams, a 20 percent increase over last week).

On Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs, Avicii re-enters with "The Nights" (No. 18, up 91 percent) and "Levels" (No. 22, up 21 percent), while former No. 1 "Wake Me Up!" holds at No. 7 (up 13 percent). Avicii also soars 99-70 on the Billboard Artist 100.

ARIANA No. 1: On Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Ariana Grande grabs her second No. 1 with "Love Me Harder" (2-1), with The Weeknd. It's her second No. 1, following "Break Free," featuring Zedd, which reigned for three weeks last year. The Weeknd reigns in his first visit to the chart.

Grande is also No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs, where "Break Free" returns to the top (2-1) for a 16th week in the lead. Only two songs have spent more weeks at the top: PSY's "Gangnam Style" (39) and DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" (17). "Break" garnered 3.4 million U.S. streams in the tracking week, the bulk from Vevo views on YouTube (44 percent).

'BIG' NEWS: German DJ Oliver Goedicke, aka D.O.N.S. as he's credited on Dance Club Songs, tops the chart with "Big Fun" (2-1). The track, originally a No. 1 on the list for Inner City (Oct. 15, 1988), adds vocals from singer/songwriter Terri B! and a multitude of remixes, including those from Dennis Ramoon, Maurizio Inzaghi and Markus Greg, among others. Goedicke is also one-half of the dance act Warp Brothers, which charted one Club Songs entry in 2001, the No. 39-peaking "Phatt Bass" (billed as by Warp Brothers vs. Aquagen).

D.O.N.S. tells Billboard, "I feel humbled and grateful about my first No. 1 on the Billboard club chart. It's the greatest (slightly-belated) Christmas gift ever and a perfect start to 2015, especially as 'Big Fun' is the reason that I got infected with the 'House virus.' This song means the world to me." "Fun" also represents the first No. 1 for label Carrillo Music, which has charted 31 tracks since 2008.

Terri B! (the "B" is for Bjerre, her last name), meanwhile, also serves as the featured vocalist on Cazzette's "Blind Heart," which barrels into the Dance Club Songs top 10 (13-9). It's the second time in two weeks that the same vocalist has appeared on two top 10s: Jennifer Hudson is featured on Gorgon City's "Go All Night" (4-2) and is charting with her own "It's Your World" (7-12). "Blind" is featured in the "Spotify Your Ride" campaign advertising the pairing of Spotify and Uber. That song sits at No. 20 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, having peaked at No. 15 three weeks ago; "Fun" is up seven spots, to No. 25.


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