Bassnectar Lands Third No. 1 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums With 'Unlimited'

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Artwork for Bassnectar's "Unlimited."

Plus, tracks from Tiesto featuring John Legend and Zhu debut.

Bassnectar barrels onto Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 1 with Unlimited, granting the artist his third No. 1. The set sold 9,000 copies in the week ending June 23 according to Nielsen Music, just short of the 10,000 that his last album, Into The Sun, started with at the top with a year ago (July 18, 2015), according to Nielsen Music.

Bassnectar’s first chart topper, Noise vs. Beauty, opened with 13,000 copies sold a year before that (July 14, 2014). 

Since the DJ/producer (real name: Lorin Ashton) arrived on the 25-position chart at No. 24 on Oct. 17, 2009, he has totaled 11 charting albums: in that time span, only Armin van Buuren has earned more (17). Furthermore, since Bassnectar tallied his first top 10 on Nov. 6, 2010, with his EP Wildstyle, he leads all acts with nine top 10s in that span of time: van Buuren, Brian Eno, Lady Gaga, and Tiesto all follow with six each.

On the overall Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (which blends airplay, sales, club play and streaming data), Bassnectar enters at No. 47 with the lead track from Unlimited, “Reaching Out.” It's his fourth career chart entry, and bows mostly off the strength of download sales, with 2,000 sold in the tracking week. 

The highest debut on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, however, belongs to the turbo-charged team of Tiesto featuring John Legend with “Summer Nights” (No. 13). The track, which captured 943,000 domestic streams in the tracking week, is the 14th to chart for Tiesto, who has gone as high as No. 5 twice, with “Red Lights” and “Wasted” in 2014. “Summer” is also the third chart appearance (and highest position) for Legend, each time as a featured vocalist. He previously guested on Kygo's "Happy Birthday" (No. 23 on June 4) and David Guetta's "Listen" (No. 36 in 2014).

"Summer Nights," with 8,000 downloads, is also good for a No. 9 start on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs, Tiesto's fifth top 10 on that list.

Elsewhere on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Zhu debuts at No. 29 with “Generationwhy,” the title track from his forthcoming debut album (due July 29). Sales of 4,000 downloads also carry it onto Dance/Electronic Digital Songs at No. 15. The single is the third track from the upcoming album to hit Hot Dance/Electronic Songs so far, following “Working For It” (No. 11 on May 7; credited as Zhu x Skrillex x They) and “In The Morning” (No. 23 on March 19). Zhu (short for Steven Zhu), first charted two years ago when “Faded” debuted at No. 35 on July 19, 2014. The Grammy Award-nominated track went on to reach No. 12 on Nov. 29, 2014 and topped the Dance Club Songs chart on Dec. 20.