Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: The Midnight, Karel & XoJani and Whethan

Heather Hawke
The Midnight

Each week, Billboard Dance looks at songs & albums rising on Billboard's dance charts.

The Midnight, Kids

The Midnight, the duo of Los Angeles-based Tim McEwan and New York-based Tyler Lyle, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Album Sales chart (dated Oct. 6) with Kids. The act's first Billboard No. 1 sold 2,000 copies, amounting to its top sales week, according to Nielsen Music. Kids bests previous efforts EP Nocturnal (No. 5, May 19) and The Midnight Remixed (No. 22, September 2017). Concurrently, Kids opens at No. 12 on the consumption-based Top Dance/Electronic Albums tally, earning 2,000 equivalent album units (mostly from traditional album sales). Plus, Kids debuts at No. 2 on Heatseekers Albums and at No. 13 on Independent Albums. The '80s-influenced synth-wave act wraps its current North American tour Oct. 20 in San Francisco.

Karel & XoJani, "Dancing"

Helsinki, Finland natives and New York-based singer/producer brother and sister duo Karel & XoJani (last name Ullner) jump onto a Billboard chart as a duo for the first time, starting on Dance Club Songs at No. 50 with "Dancing." Produced by Valentin, the track was written by Karel, whose "We Get High" hit No. 4 in August 2017. "Dancing" was remixed by Mark Picchiotti & JCK, DJ Braj and SWACQ, among others.

Karel tells Billboard, "Dancing,' to us, is about freedom, bringing people together and sharing special moments. We are inspired by these experiences and the chance to share the love."

Whethan feat. HONNE, "Radar"

Chicago-based DJ/producer Whethan (real name Ethan Snoreck), with British duo HONNE (Andy Clutterbuck and James Hatcher), enter Hot Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 40 with "Radar." It's Whethan's sixth charted title (and HONNE's first) and fourth in 2018, following "High" (with Dua Lipa; No. 12, Feb. 24), "Be Like You" (featuring Broods; No. 39, April 7) and "Superlove" (featuring Oh Wonder; No. 48, August 4). "Radar" owes its debut to streaming, as it amassed 660,000 U.S. streams in the week ending Sept. 27.