Above & Beyond, Hardwell Reach Career Highs on Top Dance/Electronic Albums
Above & Beyond banks its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart -- and best career sales week -- as We Are All We Need starts with 14,000 units, according to Nielsen Music. The sum easily bests the English trio's previous top sales frame of 5,000 units, established with its stripped-down, non-dance set Acoustic in February 2014.
The group has charted 10 titles on Top Dance/Electronic Albums, with its prior best rank a No. 4 peak for Group Therapy in June 2011. The new release also marks Above & Beyond's best ranking on the Billboard 200, opening at No. 34. The group is set to embark on a U.S. tour in February following the conclusion of a European stint.
Also achieving his best career sales week and highest Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart position is Hardwell, with United We Are (No. 2, 5,000 sold). It's the third top 10 for the Dutch DJ, who previously sold no more than 2,000 albums in a single week.
MOVING 'UPTOWN': A week after topping Dance Club Songs for the first time, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars rule Dance/Mix Show Airplay with "Uptown Funk!" (2-1), likewise marking each artist's first No. 1 on the latter list. Previously, Ronson peaked as high as No. 4 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay in 2007 with "Stop Me," featuring Daniel Merriweather. Mars had risen as high as No. 7 with "Just the Way You Are" (his first of four top 10s) in 2010.
Also on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Calvin Harris chalks up his 10th top 10 with "Outside," featuring Ellie Goulding (14-8, up 24 percent in plays). Harris' previous collaboration with Goulding, "I Need Your Love," spent eight weeks at No. 2 in summer 2013. "Outside" is also the Streaming Gainer on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (7-6), with a 10 percent lift to 2.2 million U.S. streams (and with more than two-thirds from Spotify). On Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs, where Harris remains the act with the most top 10s (five), "Outside" holds at No. 7.
CAZZETTE'S SINGLE: Cazzette captures its second No. 1 on Dance Club Songs with "Blind Heart" (2-1), featuring Terri B! The Swedish duo first crowned the chart with "Beam Me Up (Kill-Mode)" in April 2013 and followed that fall with "Weapon," a No. 3 smash.
"Heart" is the second No. 1 in a month for Terri B!, who sings (and is co-lead billed) on D.O.N.S.' "Big Fun," which topped the chart dated Jan. 17. Remixes of "Heart" from Didrick, Prince Fox and Carlos Gallardo, among others, contributed to Cazzette's triumph.