Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Don Diablo, Halsey, Tom Budin & Luciana
Each week, Billboard Dance looks at songs & albums rising on Billboard's dance charts.
Don Diablo featuring A R I Z O N A, “Take Her Place”
Dutch DJ Don Diablo (real name Don Pepijn Schipper) debuts at No. 41 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (dated Nov. 18) with “Take Her Place,” featuring New Jersey-based band A R I Z O N A. The bow is powered by streaming, taking its chart place thanks largely to 681,000 U.S. streams in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music. The song is the second chart entry for both acts: Diablo reached No. 41 in August with “Momentum,” while A R I Z O N A hit No. 35 in August 2016 with “I Was Wrong,” sparked by a Robin Schulz remix.
Halsey, “Bad at Love”
Halsey heralds her first top 10 as a lead act on Dance Club Songs with “Bad at Love” (14-10). The song is her second top 10 overall, following her feature on The Chainsmokers‘ “Closer” (No. 2, October 2016). “Bad,” up four spots to a new peak on the Billboard Hot 100 (31-27), is also resonating on Dance/Mix Show Airplay (22-11; the chart measures radio airplay on a select group of full-time dance stations, along with plays during mix shows on more than 80 top 40-formatted reporters.) The low-key poppy original was remixed by Dillon Francis, Hook N Sling and Autograf, among others.
Tom Budin & Luciana, “X With U”
Australian producer Tom Budin busts 43-31 in his second week on Dance Club Songs with “X With U.” The first Billboard chart appearance for Budin, “X” is the ninth showing for co-lead London-based vocalist Luciana, who boasts six No. 1s. “X” was remixed by Supermini and Frankie Romano, among others.
Says Budin of how the song came together, “Within only a few days of being in contact with Luciana, we were throwing ideas at one another and I came across the topline for ‘X With U.’ It was at that exact moment that I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the soundtrack. It took some time to get the song sounding the way it is now. I actually wrote five different versions of it! But I’m glad it ended up the way it did because it’s an absolute corker.”
Luciana adds of the song’s lyrical origin, “I wrote ‘X with U’ after I’d heard a girl at a club say to her friend in the toilet that she should have spent the night with a guy she had met earlier, she should have gone with her instincts and just hung out with him so that they could’ve enjoyed each other. I loved the way it sounded and it made think of all of the regrets we accumulate in life. It’s so much better to regret the things you have done rather than the things you didn’t. ‘X’ can stand for anything, wherever your imagination and inclination take you.”