Martin Gore Goes to No. 1, Armin van Buuren Debuts
Depeche Mode's Martin Gore grabs his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart with MG (credited to the acronym MG). The instrumental electronic set sold 2,000 units in the week ending May 3, according to Nielsen Music.
While Gore's previous solo efforts were credited to Martin L. Gore, this album continues the MG moniker that Martin used on Ssss, his 2012 album with fellow Depeche founder and Erasure co-leader Vince Clarke. That similarly instrumental work, credited to VCMG, reached No. 10, while Gore's only other full-length solo album, Counterfeit2, capped at No. 3 in 2003. An earlier EP, Counterfeit, hit No. 156 on the Billboard 200 back in 1989. (That release pre-dated Top Dance/Electronic Albums by more than a decade, as the genre chart began in July 2001.)
KNUCKLES REMEMBERED: Staying with Top Dance/Electronic Albums, Frankie Knuckles posts a second posthumous entry, Defected Presents House Masters: Frankie Knuckles, new at No. 17. That's the highest chart position for the Chicago house music legend, who hit the chart for the first time on April 19, 2014 (shortly after his death that March 31) with Frankie Knuckles Presents Tales From Beyond the Tone Arm (No. 25).
Proceeds from Defected are being donated to the Frankie Knuckles Fund, which is overseen by the Elton John Foundation. Knuckles hit No. 1 five times on Dance Club Songs during his life.
'ANOTHER' THING: On Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Armin van Buuren earns the Hot Shot Debut with "Another You" (No. 24). The first release from an upcoming studio album, the track combines the trance king's production with fellow Dutch act Mr. Probz's vocals. "You" lands on the chart with 98 percent of its points from its 979,000 Spotify streams (up 272 percent), where it was exclusively available until today (May 8).
Previously, van Buuren charted three tracks, including "This Is What It Feels Like" (No. 10, 2013). Mr. Probz completed 11 weeks at No. 1 in February with "Waves."
"You" also enters Dance/Mix Show Airplay at No. 26. It's van Buuren's ninth hit on the chart, dating back to "Burned With Desire," which reached No. 6 in 2004. Armin's top charter on the list is "Not Giving Up on Love" (No. 3, 2011). Planned remixes of "You" include those by Mark Sixma, Headhunterz and Pretty Pink.
'HOT' STUFF: Finally, on Dance Club Songs, Malea manages her first chart-topper with "One Hot Mess" (2-1). She broke through last year with "Give" (No. 17) and now reigns, riding remixes from Dave Aude, Riddler and Rosabel, among others.