Steve Aoki's 'Neon' Lights Up Top Dance/Electronic Albums Chart
The new set starts with 7,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music, a bit off I’s 10,000-unit No. 1 opener (Oct. 18, 2014). II would've topped the chart save for David Guetta’s surge with the heavily discounted Listen (2-1, 29,000 sold, up 1,739 percent). Guetta's album, which sold for 99 cents at Google Play during the tracking period, originally topped the chart for two weeks upon its debut on Dec. 13.
II is the fourth top 10 for Aoki, who hit No. 8 with Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles (2008) and No. 6 with Wonderland (2012), in addition to the aforementioned chart-topping I. The DJ also ascends Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with "I Love It When You Cry (Moxoki)," his collaboration with Moxie Raia (44-22). Aoki’s new team-up with Linkin Park, "Darker Than Blood," reached No. 36 on May 2.
Continuing with Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Zedd zooms in at No. 20 with "Beautiful Now" (featuring Jon Bellion), powered by 12,000 downloads sold in its first week. It’s the third track to chart from Zedd’s sophomore effort, True Colors, following "Addicted to a Memory" (featuring Bahari) and his effort with Selena Gomez, "I Want You to Know," which recently spent six weeks at No. 1. Colors is set to debut on next week's Billboard 200 and Top Dance/Electronic Albums charts.
At midnight on Tuesday, following the album’s Monday release, Zedd lit up the Empire State Building in New York with a light show synchronized to the album’s title track and broadcast on WHTZ (Z100).
On Dance Club Songs, as previously reported, Madonna moves to No. 1 with her groundbreaking 45th leader, "Ghosttown." Bookending the top 10, Rozalla roars 18-10 with "If You Say It Again." It’s her first Dance Club Songs top 10 in 21 years, dating to her third No. 1, "I Love Music," in 1994.
Rozalla, who arrived with the 1992 No. 1 "Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)," tells Billboard of "Again," "I wrote it as an affirmation of love. To be honest, I was inspired by the wonderful relationship I have with my husband, but I felt so many people could relate to these lyrics. We need more positive songs about love these days!" Regarding her new chart rank, she adds, "I'm beyond thrilled to be back in the top 10: it has been a renewed dream and goal and I am so thankful to all the DJs who have been incredibly supportive of the song.
"Again," Rozalla says, "took on a second wind when my pals from the UK, Love to Infinity, who had worked with me on some of my previous hits, were gracious enough to want to be a part of the remix package." (In addition to the Love to Infinity mixes, interpretations have arrived from Ricardo Autobahn, Ranny and Stormby, among others.)
"It's been so many years since I was in the charts, and, for me, Billboard has always been the godfather of music magazines."