Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Galantis, Paul Oakenfold & Richard Devine

Armando Fragoza-Barajas


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

Galantis, "Emoji"

Swedish DJ duo Galantis (Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklow) makes a No. 42 entrance on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (dated Nov. 17) with smooth house track "Emoji." Following the premiere of the song's official video Nov. 2, streaming powers the debut, as "Emoji" earned 577,000 U.S. streams in the tracking week ending Nov. 8, according to Nielsen Music. Galantis now boasts 16 total chart entries, including the top 10s "No Money" (No. 7, 2016) and "Runaway (U & I)" (No. 9, 2015).

Paul Oakenfold feat. Little Nikki, "Only Us"

Veteran DJ/producer Paul Oakenfold achieves his first top 20 hit on Dance/Mix Show Airplay in 11 years with "Only Us" (25-19). For featured English singer Little Nikki (real name Nicole Shortland), "Only" is her first Billboard hit. Oakenfold owns two top 10s, "Faster Kill Pussycat" (featuring Brittany Murphy; No. 2, 2006) and "Sex 'N' Money" (featuring Pharrell Williams; No. 8, 2007). He had last hit the chart with his collab with Brklyn and Amba Shepherd, "U Are," which reached No. 29 in September 2016. "Only" is earning airplay on core-dance outlets, including SiriusXM's BPM, iHeartRadio's Evolution network (as monitored on WFLZ-HD Tampa, Florida) and Music Choice's Dance/EDM channel.

Richard Devine, Sort\Lave

Atlanta-based experimental electronic producer Richard Devine debuts at No. 4 on Dance/Electronic Album Sales with Sort\Lave. Devine makes his first Billboard chart appearance after recording and sound designing since 1995. On his official Facebook page, he dishes on the album's creation, commenting, "I've been using modular synthesizers since I was 17, but have never written complete tracks using these newer systems. This was my first experiment to see if it would be possible and I probably spent about five years building up the systems that I used on this album."


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