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Deadmau5 Returns to Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

The mouse-headed DJ scores his highest-peaking track yet. Plus, moves for Armin van Buuren & Lodato.

Deadmau5 is back on Billboard‘s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (dated Jan. 7, 2017) after a one-week hiatus, re-entering at No. 11 with “Let Go,” featuring Grabbitz. The track, which debuted at No. 39 two weeks ago, arrived on YouTube Dec. 16, in time for the new chart’s tracking period for streaming (Dec. 16-22). The song drew 3 million U.S. streams in that span, up 1,155 percent, according to Nielsen Music, with 94 percent from YouTube.

“Let Go” is now the DJ’s highest-peaking track on the tally. Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman), while registering 10 chart hits since the Jan. 26, 2013, inception of Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, had previously made the top 20 twice, rising to No. 16 with “Phantoms Can’t Hang” and No. 20 with “Infra Turbo Pigcart Racer,” both in June 2014.


“Let Go” marks his second career Billboard chart hit for vocalist Grabbitz, following “Turn Around,” which rose to No. 26 on Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists in October 2014.

Two weeks ago, Deadmau5 earned his third No. 1 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums with W:/2016ALBUM/, which houses “Let Go.”

ARMIN ARRIVES: Armin van Buuren bows for a 31st time on Top Dance/Electronic Albums, extending his record for the most entries in the chart’s 15-and-a-half-year history (ahead of runner-up Tiesto’s 20), as A State of Trance: Year Mix 2016 starts at No. 9 (1,000 copies sold). The Dutch trance king now boasts eight top fives and 13 top 10s.

NEW No. 1 IS ‘OLDER’: Lodato (aka Salvatore Lodato) and Joseph Duveen rise 2-1 on Dance Club Songs with youth anthem “Older.” Remixes from Skribble, StoneBridge and Bo Johnson helped the DJs hit the top in their first appearance on any Billboard chart.

Lodato tells Billboard of the achievement, “We are honored to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart and appreciate the overwhelming support from the DJs across the country. A great way to start the year!” Adds Duveen, “We are excited that the first record we released together hit the charts in general, but for it to go No. 1 lets us know that we are onto something. You will definitely see more from us in 2017!”