Avicii Doubles Up In Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Top Five
The superstar DJ scores another top five on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. Plus, Fatboy Slim and One Republic break into the top 10 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay and Deborah Cox collects her 12th Dance Club Songs No. 1
Avicii becomes the second artist to simultaneously place two songs within the top five of Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, as "Hey Brother" accelerates 7-4, joining "Wake Me Up!," which spends a record-extending 19th week at No. 1. Over the sales/airplay/streaming/club play-based chart's first year of existence, Zedd is the only other act to lock in two tracks in the top five in the same week. His "Stay the Night," featuring Hayley Williams, and "Clarity," featuring Foxes, ranked at Nos. 4 and 5 the week of Nov. 16.
Avicii's "Brother" also reaches new peaks on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs (7-5), Dance Club Songs (32-27) and the Billboard Hot 100 (53-44). The cut pulled in 1.5 million U.S. streams (up 18%), according to Nielsen BDS, in the Jan. 6-12 tracking week, with the majority of plays (45%) from on-demand subscription service Spotify. Avicii downloads keep on selling, too: "Brother" moved 60,000 units (up 13%) last week, while "Wake!" sold 88,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. To date, the songs stand at 356,000 units and 3.6 million sold, respectively.
'FREAK' HIT: Fueled entirely by out-of-the-box radio airplay, Enrique Iglesias claims the top debut on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with "I'm a Freak" (No. 40). Buoyed by a rap from Pitbull and produced by the Cataracs, "Freak" is the first single from Iglesias' forthcoming album, which will feature both English and Spanish-language songs.
Look for a jump up next week when sales from the track, released digitally on Tuesday (Jan. 14), will begin factoring into the song's chart fortunes.
BUBBLING OVER: Vice, a former Billboard Bubbling Under spotlight act, debuts on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 46 with "The World Is Our Playground." The track reached No. 9 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay last month.
FIRST-TIME 'REPEAT' OFFENDER: Fatboy Slim rises to the top 10 of Dance/Mix Show Airplay for the first time with "Eat Sleep Rave Repeat" (11-8). While not promoted to club DJs, "Rave" has posted an 11-week run thus far on Dance Club Songs (where it's reached No. 37), powered by play of its Calvin Harris remix. Slim's Billboard chart history dates back 16 years, to when "Going Out of My Head" peaked at No. 28 on Alternative Songs (January 1998).
OneRepublic also ascends to the Dance/Mix Show Airplay top 10, as "Counting Stars," the band's third song to reach the region, shoots 12-9.
NEW HEIGHTS: Deborah Cox scores her 12th No. 1 on Dance Club Songs, as "Higher" lifts 2-1. Cox has topped the chart over a nearly 18-year span, beginning with "Who Do U Love" (March 2, 1996). Her 1998 No. 1 "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" became a crossover smash, spending 14 weeks at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and reaching No. 2 on the Hot 100.
Club play of "Higher" has been aided by remixes from DJ Escape & Tony Coluccio, Dave Rose & Dimitri Tee and Carlos Melange.