Chance the Rapper Makes Rock Chart Debut With Francis and the Lights
The collaboration "May I Have This Dance" bows at No. 48 on Rock Airplay.
Rising hip-hop cornerstone, Grammy Award winner for best new artist and... budding rock star?
Not exactly, but Chance the Rapper makes his first appearance on a Billboard rock chart, debuting at No. 48 on the-all-rock-genre Rock Airplay chart (dated Oct. 28), debuting as a featured artist on Francis and the Lights' "May I Have This Dance."
The song, originally released on Francis' debut album Farewell, Starlite! in 2016, received an official remix earlier this year that adds Chance on the song's bridge (and features him prominently in its corresponding music video).
Following the song's enhanced profile, it has been promoted to radio and debuts on Rock Airplay with 1.1 million audience impressions in the week ending Oct. 15, according to Nielsen Music.
"Dance" also marks Francis and the Lights' rock chart debut. It's bubbling under the Alternative Songs Airplay chart, with additional play from select adult alternative stations. In particular, 20 spins in the latest tracking week on alternative KYSR Los Angeles benefited the song, driving 478,000 of those 1.1 million audience impressions.
Other key supporters in the latest tracking week include WLUM Milwaukee (34 plays), WWCD Columbus, Ohio, and WROX Norfolk, Virginia (18 each).
Previously, Francis (full name Francis Farewell Starlite) appeared on Chance's "Summer Friends," from the latter's 2016 release Coloring Book, and reached No. 15 in 2016 on the Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart as a featured artist on Cashmere Cat's "Wild Love." Cashmere Cat is one of two producers of "May I Have This Dance," along with Benny Blanco.