Lindsey Stirling Scores Third No. 1 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums Chart

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Stirling onstage at the Panorama festival in New York on July 22.

Lindsey Stirling scores her third consecutive No. 1 on Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart, as her latest release, Brave Enough, starts atop the list dated Sept. 10.

The album launches on the sales chart with 45,000 copies sold in the week ending Aug. 25, according to Nielsen Music – the largest sales week for a dance/electronic album since Stirling’s last album, Shatter Me, bowed at No. 1 with 56,000 more than two years ago (chart dated May 17, 2014).

Shatter Me spent 19 weeks atop the list, and finished 2014 as the year’s top-selling dance/electronic album. Stirling also led the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart with her 2012 self-titled album, which ruled for two weeks.

The violinist also hits No. 1 on both the Classical Albums and Classical Crossover Albums charts with Brave Enough – she also topped both tallies with her two earlier releases.

Behind Stirling on the new Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart is Crystal Castles, entering at No. 2 with Amnesty (2,000 sold). It’s the fourth top 10 effort for the act, which previously hit No. 2 with its last set in 2012, Crystal Castles (III).

Olympic Champs: Over on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, Kygo’s “Carry Me,” featuring Julia Michaels – as seen performed during the closing ceremony of the Olympics (Aug. 21) — re-enters at No. 16 (a new peak). The track is up in sales, streams and airplay, and zooms back onto the Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart at No. 9 with 12,000 downloads sold (up 6,154 percent).

‘Sweet’ Success: JX Riders’ “Sweet Dreams,” featuring Skylar Stecker, climbs 2-1 on Dance Club Songs, the first leader for both acts. The tune is a cover of the classic by Eurythmics, which peaked at No. 2 on the Dance Clubs Songs chart and at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983.

JX Riders is comprised of producer Dave Aude and Cherrytree Records founder and chairman Martin Kierszenbaum. Not coincidentally, the 14-year-old Stecker is signed to Cherrytree, and the single was released on Audacious Records (Aude’s label) and Cherrytree.

“Sweet Dreams” is the latest cover to top the Dance Club Songs chart in 2016, following reworkings of The Mamas & The Papas’ “California Dreamin’” (by Freischwimmer), Sting’s “Stolen Car” (by Mylene Farmer with Sting himself) and Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” (by Jonas Blue featuring Dakota). Special mention must be made of the No. 1 “The Girl Is Mine,” by 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy, as the song uses snippets of Destiny’s Child’s “Girl,” along with re-sung lyrics by Brandy of her 1998 smash with Monica, “The Boy Is Mine.”


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