Air, Moby & Nile Rodgers Notch New No. 1s on Dance/Electronic Charts

Melissa Danis
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Air & Moby start on Top Dance/Electronic Albums, while disco legend Rodgers & friends rule clubs.

Air and Moby, both heritage, downtempo electronic acts, return to Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (dated July 2).

Air, the French duo of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel, opens at No. 5 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums with Twentyears (1,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music), a collection of classics and rarities. It's the sixth top 10 for the act, which has notched one No. 1, Pocket Symphony, in 2007. Air first blew in at No. 3 on the inaugural Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart, dated June 30, 2001, with 10,000 Hz Legend.

Moby launches at No. 6 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums with Music From Porcelain (1,000). The musical compilation double-album accompanying Moby's book Porcelain: A Memoir follows his life in New York City from 1989 to 1999, both through his songs and others'. The set is Moby's ninth top 10, a run that began at No. 1 on June 1, 2002, with 18. His single, "Porcelain," is from his commercial breakthrough album, Play, released in 1999, ahead of the June 2001 inception of Top Dance/Electronic Albums; the LP logged 94 weeks on the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 38 in March 2001.

Moby Talks 'Porcelain' Memoir

Recently, Moby moved deeper into the world of quiet, drumless ambient music, appearing on Top New Age Albums for the first time with Long Ambients1: Calm. Sleep. Although it debuted at No. 5 on that list dated June 18 and is available for sale for $9.99 in the iTunes Store, the album (which has sold less than 1,000 to date) is free on Moby's website, where it is described as an ideal soundtrack for "sleeping and yoga."

'LIGHTS' UP: On Dance Club Songs, Alex Newell, Jess Glynne and DJ Cassidy, with disco pioneer Nile Rodgers, rise 2-1 with "Kill the Lights." It's the first leader each for all three lead acts and the third solo topper for Rodgers, all since 2015; as a member of Chic, Rodgers earned three No. 1s (in 1977, 1978 and 1992). From the soundtrack to HBO's Vinyl, "Kill" was remixed by, among others, Audien, Dimitri From Paris and Yolanda Be Cool.

RAIN MAN, ALESSO ASCEND: On Dance/Mix Show Airplay, two tracks trek into the top 10, led by "Bring Back the Summer," by Rain Man featuring Oly (12-7). Although his first solo hit, Rain Man (real name: Kris Trindl) scored three top 10s as a member of Krewella, including the three-week No. 1 "Alive" in 2013. The laid-back "Summer" is also the first top 10 for vocalist Oly (aka, Lianna Joy).

Also on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Alesso notches his fifth top 10 as a soloist with "I Wanna Know," featuring Nico & Vinz (11-9). The former Swedish House Mafia member spent four weeks at the top in 2014-15 with "Heroes (We Could Be)," featuring Tove Lo. SHM scored four top 10s in its time together, including the lengthy leaders "Save the World" (seven weeks at No. 1 in 2011) and "Don't You Worry Child," featuring John Martin (16 weeks, 2012-13). "Know" is also the second top 10 for Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz, following its No. 1 "Am I Wrong" two years ago.

'SEX' SELLS: On Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, two trios, Cheat Codes and Kris Kross Amsterdam, reach the top 10, as "Sex" sizzles 11-10. The first top 10 for both acts sold 3,000 downloads in the tracking week and drew 3.2 million domestic streams.

Cheat Codes (DJ/producers Trevor Dahl, Kevin Ford and Matthew Russell) and Kris Kross Amsterdam (Dutch brothers Jordy and Sander Huisman, along with Yuki Kempees), sampled Salt-N-Pepa's "Let's Talk About Sex" for the track. The S-N-P classic reached No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1991, just a few months before rap duo Kris Kross vaulted to No. 1 for eight weeks beginning in April 1992 with "Jump"; Kriss Kross Amsterdam's name is, indeed, a nod to that twosome.