Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Rudimental & Rita Ora, William Black, Tiesto

Dean Chalkey


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

Rudimental & Rita Ora, "Summer Love"

London-based electronic act Rudimental, teaming with Rita Ora, makes a welcome but unseasonal debut on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (dated Dec. 8) with "Summer Love" (No. 48). The track hails from both Rudimental's Toast to Our Differences album (expected Jan. 25) and Ora's Phoenix (released Nov. 23). Rudimental's fourth chart appearance, "Summer" is Ora's second, and first as a co-lead. Previously, she served as Avicii's featured singer on "Lonely Together," which reached No. 11 a year ago this week. "Summer" owes its start mostly to streaming, as it scored 503,000 U.S. streams in the tracking week concluding Nov. 29, according to Nielsen Music.

William Black feat. Sara Skinner "Wasted on You"

Irvine, California native William Black earns his first Billboard chart appearance, debuting at No. 11 on Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales with "Wasted on You." The track, from Black's recently released 5-track Universe EP, sold 1,000 downloads in the tracking week. "Wasted" is the second entry for featured singer Skinner, who recently charted on Dance/Mix Show Airplay as featured on Crankdat's "Say It" (No. 33 peak, Nov. 10). Black is currently on tour, supporting Illenium on its Awake 2.0 dates.

Tiesto, "Grapevine"

Tiesto traipses onto Dance/Mix Show Airplay at No. 40 with "Grapevine." The song makes use of the lyric "just about to lose my mind" from the classic "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"; Gladys Knight and the Pips' version spent three weeks peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967, while Marvin Gaye's take ruled for seven weeks in 1968-69. Tiesto's interpretation takes the bulk of its airplay from core-dance affiliates, including SiriusXM's BPM, KEZN Palm Springs, California and WCPY Chicago.