2019 American Music Awards

Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Vicetone, C-Rod and Feed Me

Rutger Prins
Vicetone

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

Vicetone feat. Haley Reinhart, "Something Strange"

Dutch production duo Vicetone (Ruben den Boer and Victor Pool) returns to Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated March 9) with "Something Strange," featuring Los Angeles-based singer (and American Idol alumna) Haley Reinhart (No. 40). The track, which showed for a week at No. 39 in December, is back due to increasing airplay on core dance outlets, led by KNHC (C89.5) Seattle MC, Music Choice's Dance/EDM channel and KQPS Palm Springs, California, according to Nielsen Music. It's the first chart appearance for both acts.

Vicetone tells Billboard, "We put a lot of effort into making this track special and we want to incorporate a lot of organic instruments. We're really happy how the track turned out and it's very rewarding to see it perform well."

C-Rod feat. Brendan O'Hara, "Stay"

The Miami-based team of producer C-Rod (real name Chris Rodriguez) and featured singer Brendan O'Hara sails seven spots on Dance Club Songs with "Stay" (29-22). It's C-Rod's third hit (and O'Hara's first), following "Beat Don't Stop" (featuring Jason Walker, No. 5, 2013) and "Raise Your Hands" (also featuring Walker, No. 17, 2012). "Stay" was remixed by Dirty Werk, Tony Moran and Cris Wolfe, among others.

Says C-Rod, "'Stay' was one of those songs that grabbed me by my heart. We have all felt that feeling at some point in our lives, and when I heard Brendan sing those first two lines, I knew we had something magical. He sang it in one take and that was it: his true, raw vocal.

"I first saw Brendan performing at an outdoor club venue in the Wynwood District of Miami. Unfortunately, it was raining and the turnout was not great. Regardless, he performed for the few people there with so much passion and emotion; it felt like we were in an outdoor stadium with thousands of people! I waited for him after his set, introduced myself and, the next week, we were in the studio and the song was completed in literally 10 minutes."

O'Hara echoes, "Some things are just meant to be. Meeting C-Rod and collaborating on 'Stay' happened so uniquely and effortlessly. This experience, from working and learning with C-Rod, to making the video and then hearing the remixes in a club...it's just so singular and special."

Feed Me, High Street Creeps

Feed Me (a moniker of British electronic producer Jonathan Gooch) satisfies a hunger for its highest position yet, flying in at No. 2 on Dance/Electronic Album Sales with High Street Creeps. It's the act's seventh charted album and fourth top 10, a run that began with the EP Feed Me's Escape From Electric Mountain (No. 13, 2012). Previously, the act cooked up a No. 3 high with Calamari Tuesday, in 2013.

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