Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Young Bombs, Dion Todd and Peggy Gou
Each week, we look at songs and albums rising on 'Billboard's dance charts.
Young Bombs, "Don't Let Them"
Young Bombs, aka Canadians Martin Kottmeier and Tristan Norton, bounce 26-24 on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated July 13) with "Don't Let Them." The anti-bullying anthem is earning airplay on core-dance outlets including KMVQ-HD2 San Francisco, SiriusXM's BPM and Music Choice's Dance/EDM channel, according to Nielsen Music. "Don't" is Young Bombs' second Billboard charting single, following "Starry Eyes," which hit No. 31 on Dance Club Songs in June.
Dion Todd feat. Maya, "Be Alright"
Canadian singer-songwriter Dion Todd earns his first top 25 Billboard chart hit, rising 27-25 on Dance Club Songs with "Be Alright," featuring singer Maya. The track was remixed by StoneBridge and Damien Hall, Dirty Disco and Lenny Fontana, among others. Todd, who earned an MBA from MIT in 2017, first hit the chart earlier this year, with "Remedy for Insanity" (No. 41, March 9).
"At first glance, 'Be Alright' sounds like a typical love song, but it actually has a much deeper meaning," Todd tells Billboard. "I wanted to communicate a more profound message that transcends far beyond a couple's relationship. The song is about overcoming our differences, looking beyond the superficial or what we see on the outside, and focusing more about what's on the inside; something we've lost given the illusions created on social media."
Peggy Gou, DJ-Kicks
Berlin-based DJ/producer Peggy Gou notches her first Billboard chart appearance, launching at No. 9 on Dance/Electronic Album Sales with DJ-Kicks. It's the 10th of !K7's 69 total DJ-Kicks compilations to chart since Hot Chip began the run (No. 23, 2007) and only the second to reach the top 10, following Moodymann's (No. 8, 2016). Gou, a native of South Korea, is currently touring in Europe.