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James Blake Debuts at No. 1 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums Chart

Plus, moves for Hikaru Utada & Skrillex and NOTD & Felix Jaehn.

James Blake jumps in at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (dated Feb. 2) with Assume Form. The set earned 22,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Jan. 24, according to Nielsen Music. With 9,000 from traditional album sales, Assume also sails in at the summit of Dance/Electronic Album Sales.

The total is the highest on Top Dance/Electronic Albums since Calvin Harris’ Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 earned 23,000 units (Aug. 12, 2017) and the highest for a debut since Funk started with 68,000 (July 22, 2017).

Blake achieves his third No. 1, following The Colour in Anything (May 2016) and Overgrown (April 2013). Two more titles round out Blake’s five top 10s: EP Enough Thunder (No. 9, October 2011) and James Blake (No. 4, February 2011).

On Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Blake bows with all 12 of Assume‘s tracks, including his first top 10, “Mile High,” featuring Metro Boomin and Travis Scott (No. 10).” The track arrives with 5 million U.S. streams and 2,000 downloads sold.


In other top 10 news on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Hikaru Utada and Skrillex’s “Face My Fears” launches at No. 9. It’s the first top 10 for Utada and the third for Skrillex (among 28 chart hits). “Face” sold 10,000 downloads, good for a No. 2 entrance on Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales, and collected 2.5 million domestic streams.

On Dance/Mix Show Airplay, the team of NOTD and Felix Jaehn (featuring Georgia Ku and Captain Cuts) flies 16-9 with “So Close.” The first top 10 for both lead acts and for Cuts, “Close” is the second top 10 for Ku, following her feature on Party Favor’s “In My Head” (No. 7, January 2017). Plus, with remixes from Curbi, Dwilly and Drama, among others, the track nears the top 10 on Dance Club Songs (16-12).