DJ Snake (real name: William Grigahcine) surges onto Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (dated Nov. 7) at No. 10 with "Middle." The track starts with 16,000 downloads sold (also good for a No. 4 start on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs) and 885,000 U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music.
"Middle," from Snake's debut album due next year, features Bipolar Sunshine, an alias for former Kid British co-vocalist Adio Marchant. Snake snares three spots in the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10: joining "Middle," "Lean On" with Major Lazer (featuring MO), reigns for a 15th week, while "You Know You Like It" with AlunaGeorge ranks at No. 7. It's DJ Snake's ninth week tripling up in the top 10; only Calvin Harris (11 times) has also earned the honor. Overall, "Middle" is Snake's fifth top 10, which includes his 12-week run at No. 1 with "Turn Down for What" (with Lil Jon) and "Get Low" (with Dillon Francis), which hit No. 5.
CURIOUS ABOUT GEORGE: Switching to Top Dance/Electronic Albums, Caravan Palace parades in at No. 3 with its best career sales week and highest chart position with the unpronounceable emoticon, <|º_º|>. The French electro swing ensemble's first chart entry since its self-titled Caravan Palace hit No. 16 five years ago starts with 2,000 units.
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NERVO NO. 1: On Dance Club Songs, Nervo nails its second No. 1 with "The Other Boys" (2-1) (featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers). It's the 13th chart-topper for Minogue. After never securing a No. 1 as a soloist, Rodgers has now culled two in 2015; Chic's "I'll Be There," featuring Rodgers, led on June 20. Remixes from Bojan, Florian Picasso and Teenage Mutants, among others, helped Nervo notch its new No. 1.
ARCHANGEL HAS WINGS: Also on Dance Club Songs, Nathalie Archangel advances six notches with "A Higher High" (45-39). Although she released alt/pop music in the '80s and '90s (including her Howard Jones collab "It Don't Heal Clean"; Jones produced it and sings and plays piano on the song; Archangel wrote it), "High" marks Archangel's first Billboard chart hit. She's pretty excited about it, too, writing on her Facebook page, "Holy smoke! 'A Higher High' is now No. 39 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart! We've got ourselves a bona fide top 40 hit!"
A bevy of remixes, including from J-Mi & Midi-D, Giuseppe D., and Ranny, are helping "Higher" go higher.