Avicii Electrifies Dance Charts With Debut Album 'True'

Mark Seliger

The DJ lights up Dance/Electronic Songs with six debuts. Plus, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Martin Garrix score chart victories.

Avicii attacks Billboard's Dance/Electronic Songs chart with six new entries from his new No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums, "True," ranging from "Hey Brother" at No. 15 to "Heart Upon My Sleeve" at No. 49. Only Daft Punk has debuted more songs in a week (12, June 8).
Meanwhile, Avicii ranks at No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for a third consecutive week with "Wake Me Up!," which leads Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (189,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan) for a fifth week, Dance/Mix Show Airplay for a third and takes over atop Dance Streaming Songs (4.9 million U.S. streams, up 12%, according to Nielsen BDS).
“Wake Me Up!” was already No. 1 on Dance Club Songs for two weeks, one of only two songs this year to hold at the top; Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” is the other. Avicii’s breakthrough mainstream success continues on Radio Songs (No. 7, 101 million audience impressions, up 15%, according to BDS) and on the Billboard Hot 100 (5-4).

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Avicii also cruises with the Dance/Electronic Songs chart's top Streaming Gainer, "You Make Me" (17-11).
‘WORK’ IT: Britney Spears dances into the top five of Dance/Electronic Songs with "Work B**ch!" following its first full tracking week (16-4; it enters the Hot 100 at No. 12, the same spot at which her will.i.am collaboration “Scream & Shout” bowed in December).
Even without an official video, the song debuts on Streaming Songs (No. 28). Its 1.8 million U.S. streams stem mostly from Vevo views on YouTube (61%) and Spotify (22%). Sales of 174,000 are good for a No. 2 debut on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (and No. 6 on Digital Songs).
CLAP, CLAP, CLAP: Lady Gaga collects her 13th (and sixth consecutive) No. 1 on Dance Club Songs with "Applause" (2-1). Of her 15 charted titles, only two have failed to hit No. 1, perhaps surprisingly including her breakthrough smash "Just Dance," which topped out at No. 2 in June 2008.
Remixes from DJ White Shadow and Bent Collective fuel club play of "Applause," which also vaults into the top 10 on Radio Songs (18-9, 73 million, up 23%) to become her 10th top 10 on the tally. It holds at No. 2 on Dance/Electronic Songs.
DARKNESS PERSISTS: Rock group Linkin Park, in collaboration with veteran DJ Steve Aoki, hits the top 10 of Dance/Electronic Songs with “A Light That Never Comes” (No. 8). The lead single from the band’s “Recharged” (due Oct. 29) is also new at No. 5 on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (55,000) and No. 11 on Hot Rock Songs. The album, a collection of remixes from Linkin Park's 2012 release "Living Things," features remixes from Enferno, Dirtyphonics and Schoolboy, among others.
'ANIMALS’ ROARS: Martin Garrix's 11-week climb up Dance/Electronic Songs culminates in a top 10 rank for "Animals" (12-10). Garrix additionally rides "Animals" into the top 10 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay (14-7) and onto the Hot 100 (No. 86).
FEEL IT: Trance king Armin van Buuren’s seventh Dance/Mix Show Airplay hit becomes his first Hot 100 title, as “This Is What It Feels Like” starts at No. 96. The collaboration with Trevor Guthrie hit No. 10 two weeks ago on Dance/Electronic Songs (currently ranking at No. 13) and No. 4 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay (where it's now at No. 6).
Van Buuren, set to embark upon a world tour in November, first hit the airplay chart in April 2004, peaking at No. 6 with Justine Suissa on “Burned With Desire.” In January 2011, he rose as high as No. 3 with “Not Giving Up on Love” alongside vocalist Sophie Ellis Bextor.
JUST ‘BEAUTIFUL’: Lana Del Rey, coming off five weeks at No. 1 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay with “Summertime Sadness,” with Cedric Gervais, scores another hit with “Young And Beautiful” (No. 12). Originally released on "The Great Gatsby" film soundtrack, “Beautiful” has likewise been given the Gervais remix treatment.