Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Nora En Pure, Todd Edwards & peekaboo
Each week, Billboard Dance looks at songs & albums rising on Billboard's dance charts.
Nora En Pure feat. Ashibah, "We Found Love"
South Africa-born, Switzerland-raised DJ/producer Nora En Pure (real name: Daniela Di Lillo) makes her first foray onto Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated March 23), debuting at No. 34 with "We Found Love." The original track (not a cover of Rihanna and Calvin Harris' smash) is also the first Billboard appearance for featured Danish/Egyptian producer and vocalist Ashibah. Nora En Pure, set to perform on the Main Stage at Miami's Ultra Music Festival for the first time on Friday, March 29, earned her initial placement on Dance/Electronic Album Sales with her Polynesia EP (No. 14, December). "Love" launches thanks to airplay on such core-dance affiliates as SiriusXM's BPM, KNHC (C89.5) Seattle and Music Choice's Dance/EDM channel, according to Nielsen Music.
Nora En Pure tells Billboard, "'We Found Love' is a really uplifting song, which was in the works for quite some time. Ashibah's vocal piece was originally meant for another track, but then we felt it was time for another really enthusiastic Nora En Pure track, so we put it together with this instrumental and it felt so right. People seem to love it in and outside of the club."
Todd Edwards, "You're Sorry"
Los Angeles-based house music producer Todd Edwards earns his first solo Billboard top 10, darting 18-10 on Dance Club Songs with "You're Sorry." Previously, Edwards enjoyed No. 1 success on the survey as featured on Daft Punk's "Face to Face" in March 2004. Also featured on Daft Punk's "Fragments of Time," Edwards achieved a No. 28 peak on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs in June 2013. "Sorry" was remixed by Earsling (Edwards and British producer Jay Robinson), among others.
Says Edwards, "When I made 'You're Sorry,' I wanted to go back to the sound I was known for: unrefined, shuffling beats and proper cut-up samples. The singer is Roxanne Clifford, formerly of indie-pop group Veronica Falls. She now goes by the name Patience and is releasing her debut album this May."
peekaboo, Wrecking Ball (EP)
Detroit-based dubstep producer peekaboo (aka Matthew Lucas) reaches a Billboard chart for the first time, bowing at No. 10 on Dance/Electronic Album Sales with the Wrecking Ball EP. The set is the third from Zeds Dead's label Deadbeats to hit the chart, following The Shades' In Praise of Darkness (No. 15, July 2018) and Zeds Dead's own Northern Lights (No. 6, November 2016). Peekaboo is slated to perform an Ultra Music Festival set Sunday, March 31.