Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: EZI, Seven Lions + SLANDER + Dabin & Trevor Something

Phil Walters

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

EZI, "Dancing in a Room"

Long Island, New York-based singer EZI (real name Esther Zyskind) earns her first Billboard chart appearance, debuting at No. 38 on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay survey (dated Oct. 27) with "Dancing in a Room." EZI, the first act signed to designer Steve Madden's 5Towns Records, takes the entirety of her airplay for the song from three core-dance sources: SiriusXM's BPM, KNHC (C89.5) Seattle and WCPY-FM Chicago, according to Nielsen Music. Although the official video for "Dancing" was released a year ago this month, the poppy original finds new life (and tempo) at radio in a remix from San Jose, California-based DJ Kue (aka Michael Morales).

Kue tells Billboard, "When I first heard the song, when I was approached to do the remix, the vibe was already there. I loved the indie-disco feel to it, especially when it came to the bass line. So, much of what I ended up doing was keeping the same vibe, but something that would work for a club and radio. In addition, I wanted to make it sound even bigger but, yeah, I never wanted to lose the original vibe from the song, which is so good. Ezi's vocals made it so easy and fun to work on and I'm really happy how the mix turned out, especially the response it's been getting!"

Seven Lions + SLANDER + Dabin feat. Dylan Matthew, "First Time"

The DJ/producer team-up of Seattle-based Seven Lions (real name Jeff Montalvo), Los Angeles-based duo SLANDER (Derek Anderson and Scott Land) and Toronto-based Dabin (full name Dabin Lee), plus featured singer Dylan Matthew, debuts at No. 43 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with "First Time." It's the fifth chart hit for Lions and his second-best position yet, following his inaugural appearance, "Strangers" (with Myon & Shane 54, feat. Tove Lo; No. 30, January 2014). "First" is also aptly the first showing for each of the other acts. The song earned 724,000 U.S. streams and sold 1,000 downloads in the tracking week ending Oct. 18.

Trevor Something, Ultraparanoia

Mysterious Miami-based synthwave act Trevor Something debuts at No. 12 on Dance/Electronic Album Sales with Ultraparanoia. Although the act's official Facebook page insists that "trevor something does not exist," and he (if that's the correct descriptor) released a 2014 EP entitled Does Not Exist, Ultraparanoia is indeed Trevor's first-ever Billboard appearance.


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