Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Martin Garrix, Matisse, Sadko, Young Bombs & CamelPhat
Each week, Billboard Dance looks at songs & albums rising on Billboard's dance charts.
Martin Garrix & Matisse & Sadko feat. Michel Zitron, “Hold On”
Martin Garrix, Matisse and Sadko start at No. 18 on Billboard‘s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (dated Jan. 11) with “Hold On,” featuring Michel Zitron. The song earned 866,000 U.S. streams and sold 1,000 downloads (also good for a No. 8 bow on Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales) in the tracking week ending Jan. 2, according to Nielsen Music.
“Hold” is from Garrix’s set 2019 Remixed, which debuts at No. 24 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums with 2,000 equivalent album units. It’s the last of seven songs on the album’s track list; the other six debuted on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs in 2019. That group includes two top 10s: “Summer Days,” featuring Macklemore and Patrick Stump (No. 4, July), and “Used to Love,” with Dean Lewis (No. 10, November).
Young Bombs feat. Aloe Blacc, “Better Day”
Canadian act Young Bombs (Martin Kottmeier and Tristan Norton) bumps 31-30 on Dance Club Songs with “Better Day,” featuring Aloe Blacc. It’s the highest chart position yet for the producers, whose “Starry Eyes” hit No. 31 in June. “Better” also impacts Dance/Mix Show Airplay (No. 38), where it’s up 9% in plays from its debut a week ago.
The track follows the act’s debut entry on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, “Don’t Let Them,” which reached No. 15 in August. “Better” boasts airplay on core-dance stations, including Music Choice’s Dance/EDM channel, KMVQ-HD2 San Francisco and KQPS Palm Springs, California.
“Every other song is about getting drunk or taking something to feel numb,” Young Bombs tells Billboard. “We really wanted to make a song that could inspire some good vibes and unite people with a global message. With everything going on in the world, it’s important to stop and appreciate things we are grateful for, like falling in love or, in the case of the music video, getting a cinder block to the head by your best friend (just kidding!) Bottom line is, there ain’t no better day for love.”
CamelPhat feat. Jem Cooke, “Rabbit Hole”
UK DJ duo CamelPhat (Dave Whelan and Mike Di Scala) hops to its third top 10 on Dance Club Songs with “Rabbit Hole” (15-9). The track features vocals from Jem Cooke, as does the act’s “Breathe” (with Cristoph), which peaked at No. 3 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay last March. “Rabbit,” remixed by Black Circle and others, also rises 25-23 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, in part thanks to 119,000 U.S. streams.