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Alesso & Katy Perry’s ‘When I’m Gone’ Debuts on Dance/Electronic Charts

Plus, moves for Elton John & Dua Lipa, Swedish House Mafia & The Weeknd.

After only two days of availability, Alesso and Katy Perry‘s “When I’m Gone” debuts on two of Billboard’s dance/electronic charts (dated Jan. 8). The collab, released Dec. 29 (amid the Dec. 24-30 tracking week), starts at No. 4 on Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales and No. 17 on the multi-metric Hot Dance/Electronic Songs list.

“Gone” garnered 685,000 U.S. streams and 159,000 in radio airplay audience and sold 1,500 downloads in its first two days, according to MRC Data.

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On Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, it sparks Alesso’s 26th appearance and Perry’s fourth. Alesso has tallied four top 10s and Perry, three, including one No. 1, as featured (with Pharrell Williams and Big Sean) on Calvin Harris’ “Feels,” which led for three weeks in September 2017.

On Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales, “Gone” marks Alesso’s 18th hit and sixth top 10, while Perry earns her fourth charted title and top 10.

Perry, who began a residency at Las Vegas’ Resorts World Dec. 29, performed the song live on CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast. The track’s rollout will continue with its Jan. 10 official video premiere on ESPN’s halftime show during the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship game.

Meanwhile, as we ride into 2022, Elton John and Dua Lipa continue at No. 1 on four Billboard dance charts with “Cold Heart (Pnau Remix).” “Heart” hails a 20th week at the summit of Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales, becoming just the seventh song since the chart began in January 2010 to collect 20 or more weeks at No. 1. Here’s a rundown:

  • 32 weeks, “Happier,” Marshmello & Bastille, 2018-19
  • 25 weeks, “The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, 2018
  • 22 weeks, “Roses (Imanbek Remix),” SAINt JHN, 2020-21
  • 22 weeks, “Wake Me Up!,” Avicii, 2013-14
  • 21 weeks, “Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, 2016-17
  • 20 weeks, “Cold Heart (Pnau Remix),” Elton John & Dua Lipa, 2021-22
  • 20 weeks, “Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake & Lil Jon, 2014-15

“Cold Heart” also extends its No. 1 runs atop Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (12 weeks), Dance/Mix Show Airplay (11) and Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs (eight).

Shifting to the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, Swedish House Mafia and The Weeknd’s “Moth to a Flame” flies 7-5. It’s SHM’s third top five hit, and first since “Don’t You Worry Child” (featuring John Martin), which reigned for 16 weeks in 2012-13. The song marks the seventh top five entry for The Weeknd, and his highest rank since “Blinding Lights” (No. 2 peak, May 2020).

While drawing mix show-hours airplay, “Moth” is being especially driven by core-dance outlets KMVQ-HD2 San Francisco, KQPS (Channel Q) Palm Springs, Calif., and iHeartRadio’s Evolution Network. (The Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart measures radio airplay on a select group of full-time dance stations, along with plays during mix shows on nearly 80 top 40-formatted reporters.)