Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Frank Walker, Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella, CloZee
Each week, Billboard Dance looks at songs & albums rising on Billboard's dance charts.
Frank Walker feat. Riley Biederer, "Heartbreak Back"
Toronto-based producer Frank Walker debuts at No. 39 on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated Oct. 20) with "Heartbreak Back," featuring Atlanta-native singer Riley Biederer. While the first hit on a U.S.-based Billboard chart for both acts, "Heartbreak" follows Walker's "Less Lonely," which reached No. 35 on the Canada CHR/Top 40 chart in June 2017. "Heartbreak" owes its chart showing due to airplay on SiriusXM's BPM, where it drew all but one of its 95 plays in the tracking week (ending Oct. 14), according to Nielsen Music.
Geronimo, SiriusXM vp of electronic and dance music programming tells Billboard, "Myles Shear, Kygo and Frank Walker's manager asked me to check out 'Heartbreak Back' as he felt like it was a perfect BPM song. It just took one listen for me to realize that this would work well for our audience. We did an edit of the song where we added an instrumental intro and then made it a 'BPM Breaker,' which is a category that we created to help break new artists and music. After five weeks the song was researching top three with our audience and we are still seeing growth."
Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella, "Polaroid"
U.K.-based DJ/producer Jonas Blue, teaming with One Direction star Liam Payne and Nashville-based singer Lennon Stella, bolts onto Hot Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 20 with "Polaroid." The 11th chart entry for Blue and second for Payne, "Polaroid" is the first Billboard chart visit for Stella. The track starts with 1.4 million U.S. streams and sales of 4,000 downloads, the latter figure good for a No. 7 debut on Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales. Blue's debut album, Blue, is due Nov. 9.
Toulouse, France-based bass/electronic producer CloZee (real name Chloe Herry) earns her first placement on a Billboard chart, entering Dance/Electronic Album Sales at No. 11 with Evasion. CloZee's initial full-length offering, Evasion follows several EPs which fell short of the chart's sales thresholds. The Evasion Tour continues stateside through the end of the year.