Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Martin Solveig, Fenix & Lisa Williams, Carbon Based Lifeforms
Each week, Billboard Dance looks at songs & albums rising on Billboard's dance charts.
French DJ/producer Martin Solveig scores his seventh entry on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, as "All Stars," featuring Alma, arrives at No. 39 (on the list dated Oct. 28). The track takes the majority of its airplay from three core-dance outlets: SiriusXM's BPM, Music Choice's Dance/EDM channel and KNHC (C89.5) Seattle.
Solveig tallies his second chart appearance of 2017, after pulling into No. 9 with "Places," featuring Ina Wroldsen, in April. "Stars" is also the second total entry for Finnish singer Alma (real name Alma-Sofia Miettinen), whose featured vocals on Felix Jaehn's "Bonfire" helped bump the track to No. 26 a year ago. Fittingly, given their backgrounds, "Stars" has already connected internationally, including among its haul a No. 2 peak on Belgium Digital Song Sales.
Fenix & Lisa Williams, "California Sun"
Moscow-native Fenix (real name Alex Mamonov) celebrates his first top 10 on a Billboard chart as his collaboration with singer Lisa Williams, "California Sun," soars 11-6 on Dance Club Songs. The Russian DJ first found his way onto the ranking with "All Around the World," featuring Chris Casino (No. 14, July). "Sun" marks Williams' sixth chart appearance and second top 10, following "Higher Love," which reached No. 3 in May. "Sun" was remixed by Ralphi Rosario, Hoxton Whores and Tavo, among others.
"California Sun," Fenix tells Billboard, "came to life because of my love for the summer, and I imagined doing a song with this in mind. The talented Lisa Williams took the track and elevated it to a level which gave it the right emotion. Once I got the vocals, it took me three days to complete the record. It was organically produced and just felt right."
And now, Fenix marvels, "Wow, my name in the top 10 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart … this is unbelievable, a true honor."
Carbon Based Lifeforms, Derelicts
Swedish ambient duo Carbon Based Lifeforms (Daniel Segerstad and Johannes Hedberg) earns its inaugural Billboard chart appearance, debuting at No. 12 on Dance/Electronic Album Sales with Derelicts. The act's fifth album and first in six years, Derelicts took over two years to complete. Carbon Based Lifeforms elected to make a music video for track "Accede" in order to present images of archival NASA space landscapes, nature clips and fire dancers. The act promoted the release with parties in Helsinki, Finland and in Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden, among other international locales.