Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Above & Beyond and Seven Lions, Conkarah, Hide

Amelia Troubridge
Above & Beyond

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

Above & Beyond and Seven Lions feat. Opposite the Other, "See The End"

English trance trio Above & Beyond (Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki), Seattle-based Seven Lions (aka Jeff Montalvo) and featured South African alt-pop act Opposite the Other (brothers Samuel and Dan Burger and Robbie Spooner) debut at No. 17 on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated Sept. 7) with "See the End." It's the 10th chart appearance for Above & Beyond, the fourth for Seven Lions and the first Billboard showing for Opposite the Other. "End," which also hit No. 19 on Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales in August, boasts airplay on core-dance affiliates, including SiriusXM's BPM, KNHC (C89.5) Seattle and Music Choice's Dance/EDM channel, according to Nielsen Music.

Conkarah feat. Shaggy, "Banana"

Kingston, Jamaica-based island pop act Conkarah (real name Nicholas Murray) commands a No. 46 start on Dance Club Songs with "Banana," featuring Shaggy. It's the first appearance for Conkarah and the third for reggae star Shaggy, whose collaboration with Sting, "Don't Make Me Wait," rose to No. 3 on the survey in May 2018. Previously, Conkarah (in collaboration with Rosie Delmah) scored with a cover of Adele's "Hello," which hit No. 2 on Reggae Digital Song Sales in February 2016. "Banana," a play on Harry Belafonte's classic Jamaican folk song "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)," was remixed by Dinaire + Bissen, James Anthony, and John Hohman, among others.

"I am very excited about 'Banana,' " Conkarah tells Billboard. "It was an honor working with Shaggy. I'm also very grateful for the support from the DJs who have been putting the single on rotation."

Hide, Hell Is Here

Chicago-based electronic duo Hide (Seth Sher and Heather Gabel) begins at No. 3 on Dance/Electronic Album Sales and at No. 25 on Heatseekers Albums with Hell Is Here. It's the act's first Billboard chart entry, after the tandem released the EP Black Flame in 2016 and its first full-length, Castration Anxiety, in 2017. Hide, which tackles such heady topics such as rape culture and misogyny, set to industrial beats and unsettling imagery, is on tour in the U.S. and Europe through Oct. 10.

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