Madeon Makes His Mark on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart
The producer arrives at No. 29, showing off his penchant for mixing dance and rock.
Madeon scores the Hot Shot Debut on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Pay No Mind" (No. 29). Featuring vocals from alt-rock band Passion Pit, the track sold 3,000 first-week downloads, according to Nielsen Music.
"Pay" is from the French producer's debut full-length, Adventure, due March 31. The album sports collaborations with acts from the rock world: Mark Foster of Foster the People and Dan Smith of Bastille, among others.
Another pre-release album cut, "You're On," featuring Kyan, rises 28-25 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (28-25).
MADONNA'S FIRST TOP 10: Madonna's made major news by scoring her 44th No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart dated March 7 with "Living for Love," tying her with George Strait for the most leaders on a single Billboard chart. (Strait has logged 44 No. 1s on Hot Country Songs.)
Meanwhile, on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Madonna notches a notable first: her first top 10.
Madonna marches 13-9 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with "Love," marking her first trip to the upper region. (How is it her first top 10 on the list, given her three decades of musical dominance? The chart, measuring sales, radio airplay, streams and club play, launched in January 2013.) While "Love" had appeared on the chart for eight prior weeks, its rank is buoyed by her performance of it on the Feb. 8 Grammy Awards telecast. "Living" leaps by 64 percent to 587,000 U.S. streams in the week ending Feb. 15, with 58 percent stemming from YouTube on Vevo views (which include the song's official video and the live Grammys performance).
The first single from Rebel Heart (March 10) is the chart's top Digital Gainer and similarly surges by 72 percent to 17,000 downloads sold and soars 11-5 on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs. "Love" is Madonna's second top 10 on the sales tally; fellow new album track "Bitch I'm Madonna" peaked at No. 9 on Jan. 3.
MARY MOVES TO No. 1: While Madonna crowns the March 7 Dance Club Songs chart, Mary J. Blige tops the list dated Feb. 28, scoring her eighth No. 1 with the Disclosure-produced "Right Now" (2-1). It had been seven years since her last leader ("Just Fine," Feb. 16, 2008). She first reigned nearly 20 years ago with "You Bring Me Joy," in July 1995.
Remixes from Basement Jaxx, Manufactured Superstars and Zed Bias, among others, fueled Blige's new coronation.
AVICII ADVANCES: Avicii earns his fifth top 10 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with "The Nights" (11-10), tying David Guetta and Zedd for the second-most top 10s. Calvin Harris leads with six.
GRAMMY GAINS: Aphex Twin returns to the Top Dance/Electronic Albums top 10 with Syro (19-7; 1,000 units, up 101 percent). The release, which debuted at No. 1 in October, and has sold 54,000 to date, won the Grammy for best dance/electronic album.
Clean Bandit also gains following its best dance recording Grammy win for "Rather Be." The former three-week Hot Dance/Electronic Songs No. 1 (now at No. 4) jumps by 10 percent to 14,000 sold.