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Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Marshmello, Shaun Frank & Cheat Codes

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

Marshmello featuring Wrabel, “Ritual”

Marshmello, the mysterious masked DJ described on his official Twitter page as “professional cage fighter and amateur Instagram model,” continues to climb Billboard‘s dance charts with his second unaccompanied hit, “Ritual,” featuring pop singer-songwriter Wrabel. The track, the follow-up to “Alone,” the DJ’s first top 10, holds strong at No. 13 in its fourth week on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (dated Dec. 10), driven by 2.4 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music. “Ritual” also marks the second chart appearance for singer Wrabel, following his feature on Afrojack’s 2014 top 10 “Ten Feet Tall.” “Meanwhile, Ritual” rises 17-16 on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs and debuts at No. 32 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay.


Shaun Frank featuring Ashe, “Let You Get Away”

Canadian DJ Shaun Frank scores his third Dance/Mix Show Airplay entry with “Let You Get Away,” featuring Ashe, at No. 36. Frank’s “Shades of Grey,” with Oliver Heldens and featuring Delaney Jane, reached No. 23 late last year while his track with DVBBS, “La La Land” (also featuring Jane), hit No. 30 this past June. The largely downtempo tale of letting one get away with (metaphorical) murder is also the first Billboard hit for San Diego native Ashe (aka Ashlyn Willson). “Let” draws the bulk of its airplay from SiriusXM’s BPM, WFLZ-HD Tampa, Florida (an iHeartRadio “‘Evolution” affiliate), and Music Choice’s Dance/EDM channel.

Cheat Codes, “Queen Elizabeth”

Cheat Codes, the Los Angeles-based DJ trio of Matthew Russell, Trevor Dahl and Kevin Ford, captures its fifth entry on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with “Queen Elizabeth” (No. 49). The breezy trop-house track, which also reached No. 12 on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart, follows Cheat Codes’ No. 14 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs hit with Dante Klein, “Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On),” plus its No. 10-peaking breakthrough, the Salt-N-Pepa-sampling “Sex,” with Kris Kross Amsterdam. Cheat Codes are also featured on the just-released “Shed a Light,” led by the star pairing of Robin Schulz and David Guetta.