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Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Borgeous & Taylr Renee, DJ Head, MK

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

Borgeous & Taylr Renee, “Sweeter Without You”

Los Angeles-based artists Borgeous (real name John Borger) and Taylr Renee debut at No. 39 on Billboard‘s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated Jan. 6) with “Sweeter Without You.” It’s the sixth entry on the chart for the DJ/producer, who first scored with his collaboration with DVBBS, “Tsunami” (No. 13, December 2013), and reached his chart high with “Invincible” (No. 4, June 2014). Also the first Billboard chart action for singer Renee, “Sweeter” claims 80 percent of its airplay in the tracking week from SiriusXM’s BPM.

DJ Head featuring Geez, “Music Is My Art”

Taipei, Taiwan native DJ Head (real name: Sean Chang) continues climbing Dance Club Songs with his first entry, “Music Is My Art” (28-23). The first appearance for both the progressive house music DJ/producer and Cologne, Germany-based MC Geez (aka Gregorgus Geez), “Music” was remixed by a plethora of international DJs, including Luis Erre, Jose Spinnin Cortes and Mauro Mozart, among others.

DJ Head tells Billboard, “The professional name DJ Head is adopted from a Chinese nickname my close friends call me.” As for the song: “I got the inspiration when I attended the Venice Biennale in May. This is a major event in the art industry, with participation by important artists around the world. After seeing paintings, sculptures, installations and performances, it got me thinking about, what is my form of art?

“The music was completed with this inspiration first. Through the help of Gregorgus Geez, we subsequently found this poem by Ammit Shoor, which became the lyrics of the song. The words and the multi-national collaboration seem to work perfectly with the background under which the music was created.”

MK, “17”

Detroit native MK (real name: Marc Kinchen) earns his second placement on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, starting at No. 49 with “17.” Previously, the DJ/producer’s collaboration with Becky Hill, “Piece of Me,” rose to No. 30 in May 2016. “17,” also up a notch to No. 5 on Mexico Ingles Airplay, sports remixes from Tchami, Solardo, Will Clarke and more. The song banked 276,000 U.S. streams and sold 1,000 downloads in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music.