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Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: D-Sol, Excision & Illenium and Said the Sky

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

D-Sol, “Don’t Stop”

New York City-based DJ D-Sol (aka David Soloman) – and, in his day job, Goldman Sachs COO – debuts at No. 39 on Billboard‘s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated July 28) with “Don’t Stop.” The remix of the 41-year old Fleetwood Mac classic (the original peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1977) is the DJ/business executive’s first Billboard chart entry. “Don’t” owes its debut to airplay on SiriusXM’s BPM and WCPY Chicago, according to Nielsen Music.

“David’s always believed that having a wide range of outside interests leads to a balanced life and makes for a better career,” Goldman Sachs spokesman Jake Siewert recently said. “He’s preached that regularly to younger employees in the firm and tries to lead by example.”

Excision & Illenium feat. Shallows, “Gold (Stupid Love)”

Canadian dubstep act Excision (aka Jeff Abel), teaming with Illenium (Denver-based producer Nick Miller), make a No. 33 start on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with “Gold (Stupid Love),” featuring vocals from Shallows. It’s Excision’s best position yet; he earned his only other entry five years ago, when “Destroid 1 Raise Your Fist” (credited as by Excision, Downlink and Space Laces) hit No. 50 for a week in August 2013. “Gold” is the eighth appearance for Illenium and first for Shallows. “Gold” gathered 353,000 U.S. streams and sold 2,000 downloads (also good for a No. 15 debut on Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales) in the tracking week ending July 19.

Said the Sky, Wide-Eyed

Denver-based producer Said the Sky (aka Trevor Christensen) enters Dance/Electronic Album Sales at No. 13 with Wide-Eyed. The act’s debut is chock-full of collaborations, including “Over Getting Over You” (featuring Matthew Koma), “Never Gone” (with Kerli) and “All I Got” (with Kwesi). While Wide-Eyed marks Christensen’s first appearance on a Billboard albums chart, his “Rush Over Me” (by Seven Lions, Illenium and Said the Sky featuring Haliene) showed on several songs-based charts in 2016, including Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales (reaching No. 35) and Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (No. 50).