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Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Elohim, Hayden James & Ilan Bluestone

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

Elohim, Elohim

Los Angeles-based singer and producer Elohim scores the highest debut on Billboard‘s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (dated May 12), starting at No. 16 with her self-titled full-length. Elohim, her first chart entry, earned 2,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 3, according to Nielsen Music. With half from traditional album sales, Elohim (her name means God in Hebrew) debuts at No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Album Sales. Concurrently, track “Half Love” enters Hot Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 46, accumulating 338,000 U.S. streams and selling 1,000 downloads in the tracking week. It’s Elohim’s third entry on the chart, following “Love Is Alive” (by Louis the Child featuring Elohim; No. 42, April 2017) and “Sleepy Eyes” (by Elohim & Whethan; No. 36, August 2017).

Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews, “Just Friends”

Sydney, Australia-based producer Hayden James jumps onto Hot Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 45 with “Just Friends,” featuring singer Boy Matthews. It’s the second Billboard appearance for James, whose “Something About You” reached No. 5 on the erstwhile Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart in 2015. “Friends,” also the first-ever Billboard chart appearance for Matthews, drew 432,000 U.S. streams and sold 1,000 downloads in the tracking week.

Ilan Bluestone, Scars

London-based DJ/producer Ilan Bluestone bows on Dance/Electronic Album Sales at No. 11 with Scars. Arriving with sales of 1,000, Scars gives trance master Bluestone his best-ever Billboard chart position, surpassing the No. 16 high reached by his 2015 set Anjunabeats Worldwide 05.