Clean Bandit's 'Rockabye' Rocks Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart
Plus, chart action for The Chainsmokers, Daya, Rozes, Axwell & Ingrosso and Tiesto.
Clean Bandit bolts three spots to No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (dated March 25) with "Rockabye," featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie. The track, sale-priced for 69 cents in the iTunes Store, takes top Digital Gainer honors for its 97 percent increase to 68,000 downloads sold in the week ending March 9, according to Nielsen Music.
It's the song's best sales week yet, eclipsing the 38,000 copies it sold two weeks earlier, and enough to send "Rockabye" to the top of Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales for the first time (5-1). In its 20th chart week, the track tops the list in the same number of weeks it took for act's first No. 1, "Rather Be" (featuring Jess Glynne), to reign in late 2014. "Rockabye" is also the first leader on the list for both Paul and Anne-Marie.
On the all-genre Digital Song Sales chart, "Rockabye" rockets 17-3, besting the No. 7 peak of "Rather Be" for Clean Bandit's best placement on the survey.
"Rockabye," which plays on the lyrics of the two-and-a-half-centuries-old nursery rhyme "Rock-a-bye Baby," also increases in streaming (12.7 million U.S. streams, up 6 percent) and radio airplay (50 million audience impressions, up 7 percent).
With its rise to No. 2 on the streaming/airplay/sales-based Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, "Rockabye" not only reaches a new peak (besting its previous high rank of No. 4), but it also breaks The Chainsmokers' unprecedented grip on the top three positions. Still, the duo returns to the chart's summit with "Paris" (2-1) for its second frame on top. Last week, "Paris" was bumped to No. 2 when the duo's collab with Coldplay, "Something Just Like This," jumped 6-1.
This week, although recipient of top Airplay Gainer honors, "Something" slides to No. 4. It boasts 32 million audience impressions, up 40 percent, but slips in streaming (17.7 million, down two percent) and sales (54,000 downloads, down 35 percent). In between "Paris" and "Something," the twosome's "Closer" (featuring Halsey) holds at No. 3 after a record 27 weeks at No. 1. On the Billboard Hot 100, "Closer" spends a 32nd week in the top 10, tying LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" (1997-98) for the most top 10 weeks in the chart's history.
DAYA, ROZES RETURN: The Chainsmokers' chart connections can also be felt on each of the two debuts on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. First, Daya, the featured vocalist on the duo's "Don't Let Me Down" (12 weeks at No. 1 in 2016) returns on "Feel Good," credited to Gryffin and Illenium featuring Daya (No. 17). "Feel" fetched 1.9 million streams and sales of 3,000 downloads in its opening frame.
Rozes, the featured voice on The Chainsmokers' "Roses" (14 weeks at No. 1, also last year) also returns to Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, this time as a co-lead act on "Matches," billed as by Cash Cash x Rozes (No. 39). "Matches" managed 714,000 streams and 2,000 sold in the tracking week.
AIRPLAY ACTION: Piloting back briefly to The Chainsmokers' "Paris," the track rebounds 2-1 for a third non-consecutive week atop Dance/Mix Show Airplay. Further along are two new entries to the top 10 by EDM vets.
Former Swedish House Mafia members Axwell & Ingrosso shoot 15-7 with "I Love You," featuring Kid Ink. It's the third top 10 for the duo (and second for the rapper), following "On My Way" (No. 5, May 2015) and "Something New" (No. 3, March 2015). Ingrosso, separate from Axwell, also has two additional top 10s: "Calling (Lose My Mind)" (by Sebastian Ingrosso + Alesso featuring Ryan Tedder; No. 9, July 2012) and "Reload" (Sebastian Ingrosso/Tommy Trash/John Martin; No. 7, July 2013). From October 2010 through November 2012, Swedish House Mafia (Axwell, Ingrosso and Steve Angello) amassed four top 10s, including the No. 1s "Save the World" and "Don't You Worry Child" (featuring John Martin).
Tiesto also traipses into the Dance/Mix Show Airplay top 10 with "On My Way," featuring Bright Sparks (13-10). It's the ninth top 10 trip for the Dutch DJ (and first for English duo Bright Sparks), who first appeared on the chart in May 2004, when trance classic "Traffic" turned up at No. 21. Since, Tiesto has topped the chart twice, with "I Will Be Here" (Tiesto & Sneaky Sound System, November 2009) and "Red Lights" (March 2014).