The Perry Twins' 'Euphoria' Tops Dance Club Songs & Kim Wilde Notches First Billboard Chart Entry in Nearly 25 Years
"Whether struggling with low self-esteem or overcoming life's obstacles, there can be moments of euphoria," Derek Perry tells Billboard.
The Perry Twins earn their second No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart (dated June 9) with "Euphoria," featuring Harper Starling (2-1). The track, remixed by Dirty Werk, Dan Thomas and Kue, among others, is the first Billboard topper for singer Starling.
The Los Angeles-based DJ duo, consisting of identical twin brothers Derek and Doug Perry, last hit and topped the chart in 2009 with "Bad, Bad Boy," featuring Niki Harris. The act earned its other chart appearance in 2007, when "Activate My Body," featuring Jania, climbed to No. 3.
Derek Perry tells Billboard, "Our goal was to create an uplifting song that people could escape into. Whether struggling with low self-esteem or overcoming life's obstacles, there can be moments of euphoria when we push beyond what we are comfortable with.
"The first time we met Harper was at a recording studio in Hollywood," he recalls. "It was a unique situation for us where we just jumped in right away and started throwing around some ideas and laying parts of 'Euphoria' down. We went in the studio a couple more times to record the lead and background vocals. During that time, we created two very different versions of the track. One is the original pop version, while the second is a version tailored more to the sound we usually play when we DJ."
Chimes in Doug, "We thought that the theme of 'Euphoria' was a perfect fit for the dance floor because that is where people can just let go and have fun. When you're 'floating in the neon' you can escape and forget all of your troubles. We knew the song had potential as a club hit the first time we tested the club version out at The Chapel in West Hollywood. By the third chorus, people on the dance floor had their hands in the air and a few were even singing along, which was so exciting to see because it was the first time they were hearing the song."
Echoing the Twins' comments, Starling says, "'Euphoria' is all about being comfortable in your own skin and letting go of your fears. Euphoria is a powerful word that everyone can relate to, yet is rarely sung about. I think of freedom and bliss. The song is about what keeps us from feeling free and how we can overcome that. Taking chapters out of our lives and writing about struggles with self-acceptance and embracing and loving our individual quirks can really be a freeing experience."
Elsewhere on Dance Club Songs, British pop vet Kim Wilde graces a Billboard chart for the first time in 25 years, as "Kandy Krush" commands a No. 47 debut. It's her sixth entry on the chart, a run that began with 1985's No. 31-peaking "Go for It."
Wilde has earned two Dance Club Songs top 10s, "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (No. 6, 1987) and "You Came" (No. 10, 1988). She had last hit the survey in late 1993, peaking at No. 14 with her remake of Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You." Wilde's version of "Hangin'," a cover of The Supremes' 1966 No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 classic, led the Hot 100 this week 31 years ago.
"Kandy" was remixed by Wideboys, Discordia and Push The Button, among others. The song is from her new album, Here Come the Aliens, released in March.
Shifting to Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Azealia Banks returns with "Anna Wintour" (No. 28) following the May 24 release of its official video. The fashion-conscious up-tempo track, which debuted (and peaked so far) at No. 24 on April 21, drew 855,000 U.S. streams and sold 1,000 downloads in the week ending May 31, according to Nielsen Music.