Clean Bandit’s ‘Rockabye’ Cleans Up on Dance/Electronic Charts
The song, featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie, tops Dance/Mix Show Airplay, among other moves. Plus, chart action for Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki & J Sutta.
Clean Bandit rises 2-1 on Billboard‘s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated Feb. 18) with “Rockabye,” featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, marking the act’s second leader on the list.
The track, which borrows lyrical elements of nursery rhyme “Rock-a-bye Baby,” is also the second No. 1 for Paul and the first for Anne-Marie. Clean Bandit, the U.K.-based outfit of Grace Chatto and brothers Jack and Luke Patterson, first topped the chart on Sept. 13, 2014, with “Rather Be,” featuring Jess Glynne. The act again teamed with Glynne for “Real Love,” which reached No. 20 in March 2015.
On Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, “Rockabye” (No. 4) has earned top Digital and Streaming Gainer honors for three weeks running. It lifts 4-2 on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (29,000 sold, up 27 percent, according to Nielsen Music) and 6-5 on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs (10.5 million U.S. steams, up 10 percent). On Dance Club Songs, “Rockabye” rolls 19-14.
“Rockabye” also hits a new high on the Billboard Hot 100 (32-24) and enters the top 20 of the Pop Songs airplay chart (21-19).
MAJOR MOVES: Two tracks by high-profile acts debut in the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10: Major Lazer‘s “Run Up,” featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj, launches at No. 9 (5.9 million U.S. streams, 19,000 sold) and Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa‘s “Scared to Be Lonely” leaps in at No. 10 (4.8 million streams, 15,000 sold).
“Run” is the sixth top 10 for Lazer, the first for PARTYNEXTDOOR and the third for Minaj. With “Scared,” Garrix cements a third top 10, while Dua Lips earns her first. In October, Dua Lipa topped the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart with “Blow Your Mind (Mwah),” which then led Dance Club Songs on Jan. 14.
UPWARD DIRECTION: Steve Aoki and Louis Tomlinson jet 11-8 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay with “Just Hold On,” the first top 10 for each. While also the first overall chart entry for vocalist and One Direction member Tomlinson, it’s the sixth for superstar DJ Aoki, who notched his first in 2010 with the No. 12-peaking “I’m in the House,” featuring [[[Zuper Blahq]]]. Prior to “Just,” Aoki, teaming with Chris Lake and Tujamo, had reached a No. 11 high in 2013 with “Boneless.”
With 1D, Tomlinson has made two visits to Dance/Mix Show Airplay: with the boy band’s breakthrough hit “What Makes You Beautiful” (No. 13, 2012) and “Drag Me Down” (No. 26, 2015).
J JUMPS TO No. 1: J (aka Jessica) Sutta storms to her fourth solo No. 1 on Dance Club Songs with “Distortion” (2-1). She also made six trips to the top as a member of The Pussycat Dolls in 2005-09. Remixes from Dave Aude, Ivan Gomez and DirtyFreqs, among others, helped clear “Distortion” for the summit.