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M.I.A., Disclosure & Calvin Harris Highlight Dance/Electronic Chart Action

M.I.A. scores her fourth leader on Dance/Electronic Albums, Disclosure rules clubs & Calvin Harris' 'My Way' debuts on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs.

M.I.A. achieves her fourth consecutive, and total, No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (dated Oct. 1) with Aim, which starts with 6,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music.

In the chart’s 15-year history, only Lady Gaga has scored more leaders (five) than M.I.A. among solo females. (Louie DeVito leads all acts with seven No. 1s.) M.I.A.’s other toppers: Kala (19 weeks at No. 1, 2007-08), Maya (one week, 2010) and Matangi (one week, 2013). Her first entry, Arular, peaked at No. 3 in April 2005.


Aim has yielded multiple entries on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for the electronic rapper-singer-songwriter-producer. “Borders” and “Go Off” each hit No. 25 and “Swords” reached No. 38. “Y.A.L.A.,” from Matangi, remains her highest-peaking track on the chart, reaching No. 19 in 2014. “Paper Planes,” perhaps M.I.A.’s best-known hit, predated the Jan. 26, 2013, launch of Hot Dance/Electronic Songs; it reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 2008.

SWEET ‘DREAMS’: Also on Top Dance/Electronic Albums, house/trance act Tritonal traipses into the top 10 with Painting With Dreams (No. 6, 1,000 copies sold). It’s the first top 10 on the tally for the duo (Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed), whose lone previous entry, Tritonia – Chapter 002, started and peaked at No. 21 in March 2015. Current single “Broken,” credited to Tritonal & Jenaux featuring Adam Lambert, ranks at No. 37 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (following its No. 33 high set upon its Sept. 3 debut).

CHART ‘BOSS’: Disclosure darts to its fourth straight, and total, No. 1 on Dance Club Songs with “Boss” (2-1). The track from the Lawrence brothers (Guy and Howard) achieves the rare feat of reaching the top without the aid of remixes, instead having relied solely on the original and extended versions.

Since the duo hit the top for the first time on Sept. 5, 2015, with “Holding On,” featuring Gregory Porter, only Rihanna has amassed as many leaders (also four in that span). Following “Holding” at No. 1 was “Omen,” featuring Sam Smith (Oct. 10, 2015), and “Magnets,” featuring Lorde (Feb. 6). “Boss” is, thus, Disclosure’s first unaccompanied Dance Club Songs No. 1.

‘WAY’ UP: Calvin Harris claims the Hot Shot Debut on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with “My Way,” at No. 16. Released to radio early on Sept. 16, the track bows exclusively on the strength of initial radio audience, having collected 15 million impressions through Sept. 18.

Harris, whose “This Is What You Came For,” featuring Rihanna, recently spent three weeks at No. 1 (currently ranking at No. 5), has scored 20 entries on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (trailing only Skrillex, with 25, and Avicii, with 24); nine top 10s (the most of all acts); and three No. 1s (second only to The Chainsmokers’ four) since the chart’s inception.