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Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Conro, Matoma & Emancipator

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

Conro, “Close”

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada-based electronic producer Conro (real name Conor Patton) cruises 36-31 on Billboard‘s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated Dec. 9) with “Close.” Making his first foray onto a Billboard chart, the classically-trained violinist has both played in a youth symphony orchestra and written and self-released folk albums. “Close” takes the entirety of its airplay from three core-dance affiliates: WFLZ-HD Tampa, Florida (an iHeartRadio Evolution affiliate), KNHC (C89.5) Seattle and Music Choice’s Dance/EDM channel.


Matoma featuring Noah Cyrus, “Slow”

Norwegian DJ/producer Matoma (real name Tom Lagergren) motors onto Hot Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 38 with “Slow,” featuring Noah Cyrus. The track drew 653,000 U.S. streams and sold 1,000 downloads in the week ending Nov. 23, according to Nielsen Music. It’s the fourth chart hit for Matoma, and the first on which he’s credited as the sole lead act. So far, his best showing belongs to “Running Out,” with Astrid S, which reached No. 14 in January 2016. “Slow” is the third chart appearance, all this year, for Cyrus, whose “All Falls Down,” with Alan Walker and Digital Farm Animals, sits at No. 23 for a second week after hitting a career-best No. 21.

Emancipator, Baralku

Another classically-trained violinst turned electronic producer, Emancipator, debuts at No. 4 on Dance/Electronic Album Sales with Baralku, his first top 10 on any Billboard chart. The album’s sum of 1,000 copies amounts to his best sales week yet, slightly more than that which his Seven Seas sold upon its debut at No. 12 in October 2015. Baralku also starts at No. 12 on Heatseekers Albums. Based in Portland, Oregon, Emancipator (real name Doug Appling) is set to tour behind the downtempo set early next year.