GTA Debuts on Top Dance/Electronic Albums
Plus, moves for StoneBridge, Marshmello & Jonas Blue.
GTA, the Miami-based duo of Matt Toth and Julio Mejia, debuts at No. 7 on Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (dated Oct. 29) with its first full-length, Good Times Ahead.
With 1,000 sold in the week ending Oct. 13, according to Nielsen Music, the set outpaced the entrances of the act's EPs D.T.G. V.1: Death to Genres (No. 18, April 2015) and D.T.G. V.2: Death to Genres (No. 11, December 2015), each of which moved less than 1,000 in their first frames. The new set's lead single, "Get It All," with Wax Motif, hit Hot Dance/Electronic Songs over the summer, while album track "Contract," featuring Iamsu!, serves as the official soundtrack for the NBA's Chicago Bulls dancers' routines.
Since 2013, GTA has teamed with notable names for numerous Hot Dance/Electronic Songs entries, including "Boy Oh Boy," with Diplo (No. 19, 2013), "Intoxicated," with Martin Solveig (No. 27, 2015), and "Red Lips," featuring Sam Bruno (No. 23, 2015).
A NEW 'HIGH': StoneBridge surges 5-1 on Dance Club Songs with "Put 'Em High (2016)," featuring Therese. It's the second leader (following "If You Like It," featuring Elsa Li Jones; May 7) for veteran Swedish DJ StoneBridge (real name Sten Hallstrom) and the first for singer Therese. The acts' original version of the song hit No. 40 in 2005. New remixes from Paul Morrell, Christian Poow and Kilo Shuhaibar, among others, have helped "High" hit new heights.
Stonebridge's remixing talents can also be heard in new versions of Betty Who's cover of "I Love You Always Forever," up 4-3 on Dance Club Songs. The original by Donna Lewis perched at No. 2 for nine weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1996, held off from No. 1 by Los Del Rio's "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)."
A TOAST TO MARSHMELLO: On Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Marshmello earns his first top 10 with "Alone" (11-10). The track, a former Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists leader (in May) and Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay top 10, drew 4.2 million U.S. streams and sold 2,000 downloads in the tracking week.
The self-described (on his official Twitter page) "professional cage fighter & amateur Instagram model" also led Emerging Artists in April with "Keep It Mello" (featuring Omar Linx), after it reached No. 25 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs in January. A third Marshmello song, "Summer," returns to the latter list this week, at No. 48.
'PERFECT' 10: Jonas Blue barrels into the Dance/Mix Show Airplay top 10 with "Perfect Strangers," featuring JP Cooper(19-10). It's the first top 10 for the British DJ, best known for his Dakota-featuring trop-house cover of Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car," which reached No. 14 in May. The remake also dented the Hot 100 for five weeks, reaching No. 98. Chapman's classic folk-rock "Car" sped to No. 6 on the Hot 100 in 1988.