Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Duke Dumont & Gorgon City, Elohim & Whethan and Gryffin
Each week, Billboard Dance looks at songs & albums rising on Billboard's dance charts.
Duke Dumont & Gorgon City featuring Naations, “Real Life”
London-based DJ/producer Duke Dumont, teaming with fellow UK act Gorgon City, debuts at No. 31 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay (dated Aug. 19) with “Real Life,” featuring vocals from Naations (Nat Dunn and Nicky Routledge). It’s the third chart hit for Dumont, who reached the top five with “I Got U,” featuring Jax Jones (No. 4, June 2014) and “Ocean Drive” (No. 5, Nov. 2015).
Dumont also scored five No. 1s on Dance Club Songs from 2013-2015. “Real” instantly becomes the biggest Dance/Mix Show Airplay hit for co-lead act Gorgon City (Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott), which hit No. 36 in Feb. 2015 with “Go All Night,” featuring Jennifer Hudson. The track takes nearly all of its airplay in the week ending Aug. 6 from three core-dance outlets: Music Choice’s Dance/EDM channel, SiriusXM’s BPM, and KNHC (C89.5) Seattle, according to Nielsen Music.
Mike Popadines, Associate Manager, Programming, for Music Choice’s Dance/EDM channel, tells Billboard of the track, “I took to this song immediately. Within the first few seconds, it’s hard not to be lured in. This track has infectious house vibes, something that brings me straight back to growing up in the mid-’90s. Duke Dumont is a wizard at this, and Gorgon City has been one of my favorite live acts of the past couple of years, so for me, it was like a match made in club heaven. The Naations vocal flows nicely; it’s bouncy, vibrant, and cool.
“For me, this is a nostalgia track that works so well today because it’s been a minute since a house dream team has made music this fun. There are a handful of remixes out now, but the studio track is my favorite. My attitude is, it’s the dog days of summer, everyone wants to have a great time and end the season on a high note – I don’t think you can find a better track in Dance for the present than “Real Life.”
Elohim & Whethan, “Sleepy Eyes”
Mysterious Los Angeles-based singer Elohim, teaming with Chicago’s Whethan (Ethan Snoreck), steps onto Hot Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 36 with “Sleepy Eyes.” It’s the first chart action as a lead for Elohim (the name means ‘God’ in Hebrew), who was featured on Louis The Child’s “Love Is Alive” earlier this year (No. 42 in April). “Sleepy” is also the second chart hit for Whethan, who went to No. 29 on Dec. 31 with “Savage,” featuring Flux Pavilion and Max. According to Nielsen Music, “Sleepy” earned 981,000 U.S. streams and sold 1,000 downloads in the week ending Aug. 3.
Gryffin featuring Sinead Harnett, “Love In Ruins”
Gryffin (real name Dan Griffith) grabs a No. 45 debut on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with “Love In Ruins,” featuring Sinead Harnett. It’s the third chart appearance for the Los Angeles-based producer, who hit the list’s upper half twice last year with “Heading Home” (featuring Josef Salvat, No. 22) and “Whole Heart” (with Bipolar Sunshine, No. 17). “Love,” which started at No. 23 last week on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart, is also the first Billboard dance chart showing for London-bred singer Harnett. The song gathered 656,000 domestic streams and sold 1,000 digital units in the latest tracking week.