David Morales Notches First No. 1 on Dance Club Songs in 10 Years
The famed remixer & producer leads with "There Must Be Love." Plus, Nero debuts, Kygo returns, Justin Bieber and Galantis add new top 10s.
Legendary remixer and producer David Morales scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart (dated Oct. 3) in 10 years, and seventh overall, with "There Must Be Love" (2-1). Duet partner Janice Robinson tallies her first leader (after first charting with her 2006 house anthem "Dreamer").
Remixes from Disco Juice, Ralphi Rosario and Kenny Carpenter, among others, helped "Love" land at the top.
Morales tells Billboard exclusively of the achievement, "I am beyond words to have a No. 1 Billboard record. I always knew that we had written a very special song with a message but, in today's climate of music, you just never know how well it would be received. We had a lot of pleasure in recording and the production of this record. All the singers, musicians and remixers that were involved in this project [made for] a blessing, being able to bring them all together for this.
"The result is a record that has touched many souls around the world. It's important for people to know that … there must be love."
As an artist, Morales has totaled seven Dance Club Songs No. 1s, first with "Gimme Luv (Eenie)" (credited to David Morales and the B.Y.C. with Papa San) in August 1993. Most recently, he'd led with "Here I Am" (with Tamra Keenan) in May 2005. (Another of his chart-toppers, "How Would U Feel," with Lea-Lorien, likewise led Dance/Mix Show Airplay for two weeks in February 2005. Also well-known is Morales' "In De Ghetto," with Bad Yard Club, which reached No. 3 in July 2004.)
The Grammy Award-winning Morales has remixed songs by Madonna and other stars, including several of Mariah Carey's 17 Dance Club Songs No. 1s, including such classics as 1993's "Dreamlover," 1995's "Fantasy" and 1999's "I Still Believe." Morales is also prominent for his production work with the late Frankie Knuckles, a member of his Def Mix crew.
NERO No. 1: On Top Dance/Electronic Albums, Nero scores its best sales week and first No. 1 with Between II Worlds. The sophomore set from the English trio of Alana Watson, Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray starts with 6,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. Its previous album, 2011's Welcome Reality, peaked at No. 6 in a 65-week run on the chart and has sold 124,000 to date. (Welcome Reality houses "Promises," winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for best remixed recording, non-classical, for its Skrillex and Nero remix.)
In part thanks to a Porter Robinson remix, Worlds has yielded Nero's first Dance Club Songs appearance, "Two Minds" (32-30).
NEW FLAME: On Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Kygo commands his first top 10, re-entering at No. 8 with "Firestone," featuring Conrad Sewell. The track, heard in a new Sony 4K Ultra HD TV commercial showcasing detailed images of fireworks, gains by 4 percent to 9,000 downloads sold and by 11 percent to 1.6 million U.S. streams; it also debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 92).
RISING AT RADIO: Two tracks hit the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart's top 10: Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean?" (11-5) and Galantis' "Peanut Butter Jelly" (14-10). The acts notch their sixth and second top 10s, respectively.