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Skrillex Debuts at No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums Chart

His first full-length album grants him his best sales week and second No. 1 on the survey. Plus, chart action for Tycho, Kylie Minogue, Calvin Harris, Shakira, Rihanna and Tiesto.

EDM cornerstone Skrillex (real name: Sonny John Moore) logs his best sales week, as his first full-length album “Recess” debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart. It starts with 47,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is his second No. 1 on the chart, following his EP “Bangarang,” which led for the 10 weeks in 2012. That title sold as many as 24,000 in a single frame (its first) and has moved 595,000 to date.
Skrilex’s two entries on Dance/Electronic Albums prior to his two No. 1s, the EPs “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” and “More Monsters and Nice Sprites,” reached Nos. 3 and 5, respectively, in 2011.

Notably, 87 percent of the first-week sales of “Recess” were digital: it sold 41,000 downloads, compared to 6,000 physical copies.
As previously reported, “Recess” bows at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.

All 11 songs from “Recess” grace the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, led by the title cut, which soars in as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 13, Skrillex’s best-ever rank on the survey; 10 tracks debut, while “Try It Out” re-enters at No. 25 after peaking at No. 19 in a 16-week chart run beginning in November.
Daft Punk is the only other act to rack a double-digit title count on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs simultaneously, when all 13 cuts from “Random Access Memories” infused the June 8, 2013, chart (the week that the set debuted atop the Billboard 200 and Dance/Electronic Albums).
TYCHO, KYLIE BOW: Ambient producer/artist Tycho (born Scott Hansen) debuts on Dance/Electronic Albums at No. 2 with “Awake” (14,000 sold). He previously charted in 2011 with the No. 22-peaking “Dive.”
Veteran diva Kylie Minogue follows at No. 3 with “Kiss Me Once,” which launches with 12,000. Her last studio set, “Aphrodite,” opened at No. 2 with 18,000 in 2010. The new release’s lead single, “Into the Blue,” pushes 4-3 on Dance Club Songs, where her last seven entries, beginning with 2010’s “All the Lovers,” have hit No. 1.
“SUMMER” HIKE: Calvin Harris blasts 26-8 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with “Summer.” His fourth top 10 on the chart (dating to its January 2013 launch; in that span, he and David Guetta share the lead for the most top 10s) enters Dance/Electronic Digital Songs at No. 5 with 45,000 downloads sold. The sum accounts for more than two-thirds of its Hot Dance/Electronic Songs points after the track debuted last week with an even split of early airplay and streaming.

UN-‘FORGET’-ABLE: Rihanna grabs her 22nd No. 1 on Dance Club Songs, as Shakira’s “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” featuring Rihanna, lifts 2-1.
Dating to the chart’s Aug. 28, 1976, inception as a national survey, Rihanna moves closer to Madonna, the leader with 43 No. 1s. Here’s an updated look at the acts with the most Dance Club Songs toppers:
43, Madonna
22, Rihanna
19, Beyonce
19, Janet Jackson
16, Mariah Carey
16, Kristine W
15, Donna Summer
14, Jennifer Lopez
13, Lady Gaga
13, Whitney Houston
13, Katy Perry
12, Enrique Iglesias
“Forget” is just the second No. 1 on which Rihanna doesn’t sport lead billing. It follows her featured turn on David Guetta’s 2011 champ “Who’s That Chick.”
“Forget” marks Shakira’s sixth No. 1 and first since “Loca” in December 2010. She first reached the tally with the No. 3-peaking “Whenever, Wherever,” her breakthrough English-language hit, in 2002. “Forget” is the lead single from her self-titled album, released this week and due on next week’s charts.
Although not released commercially, remixes from Fedde Le Grand, Starkillers, Reid Stefan, and Wideboys, among others, were serviced to club DJs, helping to propel “Forget” to the top.
AVICII’S ‘ADDICTED’: Avicii enters Dance/Mix Show Airplay at No. 11 with “Addicted to You,” the fourth charted song from his album “True.” The debut is the second highest of the year, following only the Chainsmokers’ “#SELFIE,” which snapped up a No. 7 start three weeks ago (and bullets at No. 2 this week).
Remixes from Bent Collective, Sick Individuals and additional interpretations from Avicii help “Addicted” concurrently debut at No. 34 on Dance Club Songs.