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Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Feenixpawl, Bob Moses & Orbital

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

Feenixpawl feat. Mikayla, “Neon Sky”

Melbourne, Australia native DJ/producer duo Feenixpawl (Aden Forte and Josh Soon) rises a rung in its second week on Billboard‘s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated Sept. 29) with “Neon Sky,” featuring singer Mikayla (33-32). It’s the fourth chart hit for the Los Angeles-based Feenixpawl and the first Billboard chart appearance for Mikayla. Meanwhile, Feenixpawl’s breakthrough, “In My Mind” (with Ivan Gough and featuring Georgi Kay), which reached No. 24 in August 2012, is back on the chart, also in its second week, as a remake by Dynoro and Gigi D’Agostino (27-20).

“Neon” takes the entirety of its airplay from three core-dance affiliates, SiriusXM’s BPM, iHeartRadio’s Evolution network (as monitored on WFLZ-HD Tampa, Florida) and Music Choice’s Dance/EDM channel, according to Nielsen Music.

“‘Neon Sky’ is a special song for us that we had been sitting on for a while,” Feenixpawl tells Billboard. “We had been doing some writing with Clara Mae and, when she sent us the a cappella demo for ‘Neon Sky,’ we instantly knew there was something here. We started working on this song at a time when a lot of electronic artists were experimenting with new sound directions and we really wanted to stay true to our progressive roots. Writing emotional, euphoric melodies is what we’ve always done, and this was the perfect vocal to fit our sound. We are so happy with how it turned out and we’ve loved performing it at our shows around the world.”

Bob Moses, Battle Lines

Vancouver, B.C.-bred and Brooklyn, New York-based DJ/production duo Bob Moses (Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance) enters Top Dance/Electronic Albums at No. 8 with Battle Lines. The follow-up to the Grammy Award-winning debut Days Gone By (No. 9, February 2016), Battle lined up 4,000 equivalent album units in its first week. With 3,000 from traditional album sales, the set starts at No. 3 on Dance/Electronic Album Sales.

Plus, Battle track “Back Down” becomes the act’s highest-charting entry on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, bowing at No. 44. “Back” earned 255,000 U.S. streams and sold 1,000 downloads in the tracking week ending Sept. 20. In June, Bob Moses hit No. 47 on the list with another Battle song, “Heaven Only Knows.”

Orbital, Monsters Exist

English act Orbital (brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll) lands on a Billboard chart for the first time since 2004, debuting at No. 24 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums with Monsters Exist. The set earned 2,000 equivalent album units; with over 90 percent from traditional album sales, Monsters scares up a No. 5 entrance on Dance/Electronic Album Sales. That’s the highest position for the heritage DJ duo, besting The Altogether (No. 8, 2001) and Blue Album (No. 9, 2004). Simultaneously, Monsters opens on Heatseekers Albums (No. 9), the Official U.K. Albums Chart (No. 12) and Independent Albums (No. 32).

Orbital circled Dance Club Songs in the ’90s, launching three hits: “Chime” (No. 23, 1992), “Halcyon” (No. 33, 1993) and “Are We Here?” (No. 38, 1995). Also in 1995, the act remixed Madonna’s “Bedtime Story” single, a No. 1 hit for Madonna that May (and a version that she would revisit for her 2004 Re-Invention World Tour). Orbital is taking Monsters on tour in Europe through December and to New Zealand and Australia through March.