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Avicii’s ‘Stories’ Starts at No. 1 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums

The DJ notches his second leader. Plus, chart moves for the Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, Jess Glynne, Duke Dumont & Olivia Somerlyn.

Avicii arrives at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (dated Oct. 24) with Stories, his much-delayed follow-up to 2013’s True. Stories starts with 11,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music, approximately one-fifth of the opening-week sum (50,000) of True.

While True was driven by the crossover hits “Wake Me Up!,” which boasts the most weeks at No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (26) since the chart’s January 2013 launch, and “Hey Brother,” Stories has so far found only dance success: nine tracks from Stories pepper Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, including “Broken Arrows,” which slings 48-10. Featuring uncredited vocals (as all Avicii tracks do) from country star Zac Brown, “Arrows” bounds by 461 percent to 1.2 million U.S. streams and 403 percent to 15,000 downloads sold (good for a 27-4 surge on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs).

“Arrows” is the new album’s second Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10, following the No. 7-peaking “Waiting for Love,” and Avicii’s seventh overall, tying him with Zedd for the second-most in the chart’s history; Calvin Harris leads with eight top 10s. Avicii also lands the chart’s Hot Shot Debut with “Talk to Myself” at No. 25, as well as new entries with “Gonna Lova Ya” (No. 32), “Trouble” (No. 46), “Sunset Jesus” (No. 49) and “True Believer” (No. 50). The Swedish DJ now has 23 total chart hits, tying him with Skrillex for the most in the lifetime of the chart.

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‘ROSES’ BLOSSOMS: Also on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, The Chainsmokers chug into the top 10 with “Roses,” featuring ROZES (11-9). The DJ duo makes its first top 10 trip since its debut hit “#SELFIE” spent two weeks at No. 1 in spring 2014. “Roses” blooms by 10 percent in streaming (to 1.4 million) and 24 percent in sales (to 11,000).

HARRIS HITS No. 1: Calvin Harris and Disciples command the No. 1 spot on another Billboard dance chart, Dance/Electronic Digital Songs, as “How Deep Is Your Love” darts 2-1 (27,000, up 17 percent). The track has reached No. 3 or better on all of Billboard’s key dance charts.

“Deep” is also the top Airplay Gainer on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (3-3; 36 million audience impressions, up 12 percent), as well as the Greatest Gainer on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs (3-3; 4.7 million domestic streams, up 3 percent). The Harris and Disciples team-up additionally tallies a third week at No. 1 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay.

A ‘HAND’ FOR GLYNNE: Also on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, two tracks reach the top 10. Jess Glynne‘s “Hold My Hand” hikes 18-9, becoming her second top 10, after her featured turn on Clean Bandit‘s No. 1 “Rather Be” (Sept. 13, 2014).

Following Glynne into top 10 territory is Duke Dumont with “Ocean Drive” (16-10), also his second song to reach the region. In June 2014, Dumont got to No. 4 with “I Got U,” featuring Jax Jones.

SOMERLYN FEELS THE LOVE: On Dance Club Songs, Olivia Somerlyn summons her second No. 1 with “OXO” (3-1). Remixes from David Morales, tyDi, Wideboys and others help spur the song’s reign.

The 21-year-old first topped the list almost a year ago with “Parachute.” Somerlyn tells Billboard, “I am so honored that both of my singles have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart! Both ‘Parachute’ and ‘OXO’ are fun songs with empowering messages.

“I wrote ‘OXO’ about the people who try to bring us down but actually end up making us stronger by forcing us to believe in ourselves. They push us to prove them wrong. It’s a song about haters, written from a more positive perspective that acknowledges the part they play in our journey to reaching our goals.”