Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Crankdat, SG Lewis & Geotic

 Jake Baine


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

Crankdat feat. Sara Skinner, "Say It"

Ohio native Crankdat (real name Christian Smith) cruises onto Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated Nov. 3) at No. 38 with "Say It," featuring Los Angeles-based singer Sara Skinner. It's Crankdat's third appearance, following "Reasons to Run" (No. 13 in March) and "Dollars" (No. 7 last November). "Say" also serves as Skinner's first Billboard chart action. The track takes nearly two-thirds of its airplay from Music Choice's Dance/EDM channel and adds more from fellow core-dance outlets KNHC (C89.5) Seattle and SiriusXM's BPM, according to Nielsen Music.

Steve Pereira, Music Choice associate manager, programming, for Dance/EDM and Latin, tells Billboard, "I love when artists get creative and challenge themselves to make something different from everything else, and that's what Crankdat did with this record. I feel like he took a little bit of everything he's mastered and created something new and exciting. Honestly, you just have to listen to it. Sara Skinner's vocals and Crankdat's creativity really shine."

SG Lewis feat. AlunaGeorge, "Hurting"
London-based DJ/producer SG Lewis (full name Sam Lewis) launches at No. 40 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay with "Hurting," featuring AlunaGeorge. Although the first appearance on this chart, Lewis has hit Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with "Better" (No. 31 in July) and "Warm" (No. 39, 2015), as well as "Hurting" (No. 42 in September). He's also placed two EPs on Dance/Electronic Album Sales, the No. 9-peaking Dusk (April) and Shivers (September 2015). For AlunaGeorge, "Hurting" is its fourth hit; the act's most successful is its 2015 DJ Snake collab "You Know You Like It," which topped the chart for four weeks. "Hurting" achieves much of its airplay from three core-dance sources, SiriusXM's BPM, Music Choice's Dance/EDM channel, and KNHC.

Geotic, Traversa

Geotic, aka Will Wiesenfeld of Baths, grabs its first Billboard top 10 in his second chart appearance, beginning at No. 5 on Dance/Electronic Album Sales with Traversa. The Los Angeles-based act hit No. 13 in 2017 with Abysma. Baths boasts three additional appearances: Obsidian (No. 15, 2013), the Ocean Death EP (No. 25, 2014) and Romaplasm (No. 8, 2017).