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Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Bonka, Jax Jones & Tove Lo, HTRK

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

Bonka feat. Bianca, "Focus"

Brisbane, Australia-based DJ/producer duo Bonka (Connor O'Neill and Lachlan Naughton) bows at No. 39 on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated Sept. 14) with "Focus," featuring Sydney, Australia-based singer-songwriter Bianca. The track, which was remixed by Sammy Boyle, among others, is the first Billboard chart hit for both Bonka and Bianca. "Focus" is finding airplay on core-dance affiliates, including SiriusXM's BPM, Music Choice's Dance/EDM channel and KNHC (C89.5) Seattle, according to Nielsen Music.    

"'Focus' was a bit of a passion project for us, which really showcases the direction our music is heading," Bonka tells Billboard. "It was so great to work with Bianca on this one, as well, as she turned out to be an incredible asset. Her vocals really gave the final product a warmth and sense of relatability that wouldn't have been possible without her."

Jax Jones & Tove Lo, "Jacques"

UK DJ/producer Jax Jones and Swedish singer Tove Lo debut at No. 35 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with "Jacques," mostly fueled by streaming, as the song earned 697,000 U.S. streams in the tracking week ending Sept. 5. It's Jones' 11th appearance and Lo's sixth, although her first as a lead act. As a featured vocalist on her five previous appearances, she landed one top 10: "Heroes (We Could Be)," led by Alesso. "Jacques" appears on Jones' new set Snacks (Supersize) (released Sept. 6) and on Tove Lo's forthcoming Sunshine Kitty (Sept. 20).

HTRK, Venus In Leo

Melbourne, Australia-based HTRK (the duo of Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang) debuts at No. 9 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Album Sales chart with Venus in Leo, marking the downtempo electronic act's first Billboard chart action. HTRK is currently on tour in Europe and North America, culminating on Nov. 10 in Brooklyn.

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