Ariana Grande grabs her first Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart entry, as “Break Free,” featuring Zedd, launches at No. 4.
The song starts with 161,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, easily spurring its No. 1 debut on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs. It’s the first No. 1 on the sales chart for both Grande and Zedd; the latter previously peaked as high as No. 2 with “Clarity.”
Zedd scores his fifth top 10 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, the most of any artist; David Guetta and Calvin Harris follow with four each since the chart’s Jan. 26, 2013 premiere. “Break” storms in at No. 3 on the Billboard Twitter Top Tracks chart and No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.
‘SUN’ RISE: David Guetta could soon equal Zedd’s mark for the most top 10s on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, as “Lovers on the Sun” debuts at No. 12. Hailing from the internationally-available-only EP of the same name, “Lovers” features vocals from Sam Martin, production from Avicii and Daddy’s Groove, among others, and a remix from Showtek.
“Lovers” debuts at No. 8 on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs with 25,000 sold. Guetta, who hit Hot Dance/Electronic Songs earlier this year with “Shot Me Down” (which peaked at No. 15) and “Bad” (No. 11), is on tour in Europe throughout the summer.
‘DARE’-ING MOVE: Shakira secures her seventh No. 1 on Dance Club Songs with “Dare (La La La)” (2-1). Remixes from Chuckie, Chus & Ceballos, Alex Mind and Dirty Loud, among others, helped Shakira shake her way to the top.
(Nos. 76 and 77 mark an especially musical section of the Hot 100 this week: “Dare (La La La)” ranks a notch above “La La La” by Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith.)
SHOOTING ‘STARS’: Coldplay collects its first top 10 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, as “A Sky Full of Stars” skyrockets 18-9. The song, produced by and written with Avicii, gets further help at radio from a recently released remix from Hardwell. “Stars” is the rock group’s first track on the Nielsen BDS-based chart in eight years: “Talk” reached No. 17 in 2006. Before that, Coldplay had impacted the list with “Clocks” (No. 14, 2003).
“Stars” simultaneously holds top 10 ranks on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and Dance/Electronic Digital Songs, placing at No. 7 on each chart.
NEW LIFE: Zeds Dead zips onto Dance/Electronic Albums at No. 4 with “Somewhere Else,” marking its first top 10 and best career sales week (3,000 units). Previously, the dubstep-house duo (Zach Rapp-Rovan and Dylan Mamid) charted with two EPs: “Adrenaline” (No. 11, 2012) and “Hot Sauce” (No. 12, 2013).
The pair’s name is not a reference to the aforementioned Zedd, but rather to each’s initials, Z and D, combined with a nod to Bruce Willis and Maria de Medeiros’ work in the film “Pulp Fiction.”