Diplo’s 'White Dude' Dances To No. 2 Debut

Diplo at Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2014
Andrew Rauner

Diplo behind the scenes at Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2014.

Diplo draws a No. 2 debut on Dance/Electronic Albums with Random White Dude Be Everywhere, selling 2,000 units in the week ending Aug. 3 according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album, named after a comment posted on YouTube for one of his videos, contains a mix of new and previously released songs and remixes. It’s the third top 10 for the producer and second straight No. 2 entry, following Revolution last October. Diplo darts back up Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (49-35) with “Freak,” with Steve Aoki and Deorro, landing two spots short of its No. 33 peak established last month.  Two “Freak” mixes are included on the Random album.

Probz Has No Problem: Mr. Probz propels to No. 1 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay with “Waves” (2-1).  The song, originally released over a year ago as an acoustic ballad, was remixed by Robin Schulz and thus reborn, rising to No. 1 in nearly a dozen European countries.  Released stateside on Ultra Records, “Waves,” which dips 10-11 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, has now sold 129,000 downloads to date.

Tiesto Returns to Top 10: Tiesto surges back up Dance/Mix Show Airplay with “Wasted” (11-3, up 16 percent). Three weeks ago the follow-up to the 11-week No. 1 smash “Red Lights” rose to No. 2, but had descended. “Wasted,” featuring vocals from Matthew Koma, became the highest-charting song of the DJ’s career on the Hot 100, hitting No. 49 three weeks ago.  The pop-oriented EDM song spent three weeks at No. 5 last month on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, and currently sits at No. 7.

Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ Rises to No. 1: Sia scores her first solo No. 1 on Dance Club Songs with “Chandelier” (2-1).  She reached the summit on two other occasions -- both in 2012 -- as a featured vocalist on “Wild One Two,” billed to Jack Back featuring David Guetta, Nicky Romero & Sia, and on Guetta’s own “She Wolf (Falling To Pieces).” Remixes from Plastic Plates, Hector Fonseca, Cutmore, Four Tet, and Liam Keegan, among others, helped raise “Chandelier” to the chart’s ceiling.

Simpson’s Got a New Gig: DJ/producer Trevor Simpson has been named Program Director of the new KUZX San Francisco.  Known as Q102, “New Beat In The Bay,” the station will focus in the Rhythmic Adult format.  Simpson has been charting on Dance/Electronic Albums since 2006, when he and DJ Lil’ Cee teamed up to mix Ultra.Weekend 2.  Simpson also worked on Ultra.Dance 08 with The Riddler, Ultra.2008 with Cato K, and Ultra.Weekend 4 with Richie Rich, all of which peaked in the top 10.  Last fall, along with The Cataracs, he reached No. 23 on Dance Club Songs with “Dagger.”


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