Calvin Harris 'Feels' His Way to Hot Dance/Electronic Songs' Top 10
Plus, news from Bassnectar, Afrojack and David Guetta, Clean Bandit and Joe Bermudez.
Calvin Harris’ “Feels,” featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean, cruises 21-7 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (dated July 8). The fourth chart hit and third top 10 from Harris’ Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (arriving June 30), “Feels” is Harris’ 13th top 10 in the chart’s four-year history, the most of all acts (David Guetta, The Chainsmokers and Zedd all follow with eight top 10s apiece). It’s also the second top 10 each for Williams and Perry, as well as the first for Sean.
“Feels” sold 23,000 downloads in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen Music. The sum is also good for a No. 3 start on Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales, where Harris has tallied 18 top 10s since the chart started seven years ago (second only to David Guetta’s 23).
Furthermore, “Feels” earned 7.2 million U.S. streams, enough for a No. 8 debut on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs. It’s Harris’ 11th top 10, the most of all acts in that chart’s four-year history (The Chainsmokers follow with eight).
On the radio side, “Feels” tallies 14 million in all-format airplay audience, up 20 percent, in the week ending June 25.
Finally, “Feels” is the second-highest debut of the frame on the Billboard Hot 100, entering at No. 51 (“Wild Thoughts,” by DJ Khaled, featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, earns the Hot Shot Debut at No. 4).
Bassnectar bows at No. 5 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums with Reflective (Part 1) (EP), earning 4,000 equivalent album units. Of those, 3,000 stemmed from traditional album sales. That’s enough for a No. 2 debut on Dance/Electronic Album Sales and the DJ/producer’s 10th top 10.
Since Bassnectar (real name: Lorin Ashton) blew in at No. 24 with Cozza Frenzy on Oct. 17, 2009, he has piled up 12 charting albums: In that time span, only Armin van Buuren has more (20). Moreover, since Bassnectar earned his first top 10 on Nov. 6, 2010, with Wildstyle (EP), his 10 top 10s lead all acts; van Buuren and Brian Eno trail with six each.
On Dance/Mix Show Airplay, two tracks travel into top 10 territory for the first time. First, the superstar DJ team of Afrojack and David Guetta groove 11-9 with “Another Life,” featuring Ester Dean. While the track is Afrojack’s seventh top 10 (and Dean’s first), “Life” is Guetta’s 22nd to reach the chart’s upper region; tracing to the chart’s start in August 2003, only Rihanna has more top 10s -- and only one more, 23.
Also climbing to top 10 status on Dance/Mix Show Airplay is “Symphony,” by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson (25-10). The single, which last week became Clean Bandit’s first No. 1 on Dance Club Songs, is the follow-up to “Rockabye” (featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie), which topped Dance/Mix Show Airplay on Feb. 18. “Symphony” is the London-based act’s third top 10 and the Swedish singer’s first.
Boston-based DJ/producer Joe Bermudez jolts Dance Club Songs with his second No. 1, “Ghosting,” featuring Megn (2-1). Remixed by Nathan C, Etto, and Kaidro, among others, “Ghosting” follows the DJ’s inaugural chart topper, “Sunrise” (featuring Louise Carver), last summer. The track also marks the first Billboard chart action for Boston-bred and New York City-based singer Megn, an alum of MTV’s Making the Band.
Billboard asked Bermudez what “Ghosting” is all about, and he explained, “The song is inspired by me being ghosted in real life. I had been seeing this girl and things were going well, but then she disappeared with no explanation, never to be seen or heard from ever again. It didn't make any sense and I was really frustrated. I needed some sort of outlet for my anger so I got together with my friend [and 'Ghosting' co-writer] Vinny Prezioso, who was going through a similar situation, and the next thing you know 'Ghosting' just poured out of us. Hopefully she hears it and realizes she totally f'd up!”