Nick Jonas Matches Madonna for Dance Club Songs No. 1s This Year
Nick Jonas jumps to No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart (dated Dec. 12) for the third time with "Levels" (2-1), matching Madonna as the only acts with three leaders on the list in 2015. Previously, the former Jonas Brothers member reigned with "Jealous" (Jan. 10) and "Chains" (May 23). "Levels" leaps to the top thanks to remixes from Steven Redant, Alex Ghenea and Jump Smokers, among others. A pop track in its original form, the single reached No. 14 on the Pop Songs airplay chart and has sold 378,000 digital units to date, according to Nielsen Music.
GETTING HIS 'FREE.K' ON: Pitbull pushes 45-36 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with "Free.K." It's his first entry as a lead soloist since "Feel This Moment" (featuring Christina Aguilera), which ruled for two weeks in spring 2013. The new retro house track incorporates a sample from Adina Howard's "Freak Like Me," which rose to No. 2 on the Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in 1995. "Free.K" is rumored to be from Pitbull's next studio album.
BRIGHT 'LIGHT': Major Lazer illuminates Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with "Light It Up" (featuring Nyla), new at No. 41. Originally included on Lazer's June album Peace Is the Mission, "Light" was treated to a new remix, adding Fuse ODG, for the Nov. 27 rerelease Peace Is the Mission (Extended). Meanwhile, Major Lazer & DJ Snake's monster hit "Lean On" leads Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for a 20th week. "Lean" is only six weeks away from tying the record for the longest stay at No. 1 since the chart's Jan. 26, 2013 inception: Avicii's "Wake Me Up" reigned for 26 weeks beginning in September 2013.
CONJURING A HIT: Conjure One, otherwise known as Rhys Fulber, producer with Delerium and Front Line Assembly, opens at No. 14 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums with Holoscenic. It's the act's second album to reach the chart and first in 10 years, following Extraordinary Ways (No. 18, 2005). Conjure One placed five tracks on Dance Club Songs in 2002-06. Four went top five, including "Tears From the Moon," featuring vocals from Sinead O'Connor (No. 3, 2003).