2019 American Music Awards

Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Dom Dolla, VASSY & SLANDER

Alex Drewniak + Justin Erougian
Dom Dolla

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

Dom Dolla, "San Frandisco"

Melbourne, Australia-based producer Dom Dolla (real name Dominic Matheson) debuts at No. 38 on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated Oct. 19) with "San Frandisco." It's his second appearance, following "Take It" (No. 27 peak in May).

"San Frandisco" is crossing the bridge to listeners thanks to gatekeepers including KMVQ-HD2 in San Francisco (naturally), KQPS Palm Springs, California and SiriusXM's BPM, according to Nielsen Music.

"I've been testing this track out on the road for the better part of 12 months, tweaking the moments until I felt it had just the right amount of dance-floor appeal," Dom Dolla tells Billboard. "I wrote the hook after wrapping up a club show at Audio in San Francisco in June 2018. The crowd was really gravitating towards sustained, rolling grooves that night, so when I got back to the hotel I really felt the need to make one that was just for them.

"The speech in the breakdown is a sample of a local San Franciscan dance legend, Justin Martin, whom I've respected for a long time, and I felt it was just too perfect to let the track out into the world without it."

VASSY, "Trouble"

Greek-Australian singer VASSY vaults onto two Billboard dance charts, earning her eighth placement on Dance/Mix Show Airplay (No. 40) and 11th on Dance Club Songs (No. 43) with "Trouble." The track is drawing airplay on core-dance outlets, including KQPS, KNHC (C89.5) Seattle and Music Choice's Dance/EDM channel. Co-produced by VASSY and Dan Muckala, "Trouble" was remixed by Dan Thomas, Leo Blanco and Manny Martinez, among others.

"'Trouble' is a song about taking risks in life, about not being afraid to attract a little trouble," VASSY tells Billboard. "It's about how you look at life, having a positive outlook. 'Trouble' is more of an attitude than a predicament.

"I wanted to create a song that embodies an uplifting tone with a little bit of attitude to encourage my fans to take chances and not be afraid of the rejections that they may encounter in life," VASSY continues. "It's a nice balance of pop-leaning dance with a fusion of EDM drops, yet embracing a more traditional songwriting style. I wanted to embellish and embody all the different musical elements that make up who I am today as an artist. After all, I like a little trouble in my life."

SLANDER feat. Dylan Matthew, "Love Is Gone"

Los Angeles-based DJ duo SLANDER (Derek Andersen and Scott Land) starts at No. 48 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with "Love Is Gone," featuring Dylan Matthew. Originally released on May 10, the track has become re-energized by a host of Oct. 5-released remixes, including from Kompany, Spag Heddy and Crystal Skies. SLANDER's third chart entry and Matthew's second earned 447,000 U.S. streams (up 89%) in the tracking week ending Oct. 10.

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