Skrillex, Diplo & Justin Bieber Hit No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs
'Where Are U Now' takes over at the top. Plus, chart action for Bassnectar, Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea, and more.
Skrillex and Diplo drive to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (dated July 18) with “Where Are U Now,” with Justin Bieber (3-1). It’s the first No. 1 on the list for all three artists.
The achievement is particularly noteworthy for the Grammy Award-winning Skrillex, who lead the tally in total charted songs (21) since its January 2013 launch, but never hit the top. Following the June 29 release of the song’s official video, “Where” returns to No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs (3-1), where it had already spent seven weeks on top, with a 66 percent surge to 10.7 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music.
The collaboration also advances to No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (2-1; 78,000 downloads sold, up 8 percent), likewise marking the first leader for all three acts on the chart. Last but not least, as previously reported, “Where” rockets into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 (17-8). While it’s the sixth top 10 on the big chart for Bieber, it’s the first for both Skrillex and Diplo (as artists), neither of whom had ever cracked the top 40 before.
‘SUN’ SHINES: Over on Top Dance/Electronic Albums, Bassnectar bows at No. 1 for the second time with his 10th charted album, Into the Sun (10,000 sold). Bassnectar (real name: Lorin Ashton) first reached the summit a year ago (July 12, 2014) with Noise vs. Beauty, which sold slightly better in its first week (13,000).
Sun, the DJ’s eighth top 10 on the tally, yields two debuts on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs: the title track (No. 42) and “Speakerbox,” featuring Lefa Taylor (No. 49). (Bassnectar’s only other track to impact the chart, “You & Me,” featuring W. Darling, reached No. 24 last year.) Sun also starts on the Billboard 200 (No. 46) and, as it was released on the Amorphous label, Independent Albums (No. 4). The latter launch ties Bassnectar’s highest peak on the chart: Divergent Spectrum hit No. 4 on Independent Albums four years ago.
FREEWHEELIN’ DILLON: Besides the two debuts from Bassnectar, the other new track on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs belongs to Dillon Francis, as “Bruk Bruk (I Need Your Lovin)” begins at No. 47. The song’s points are derived nearly entirely from its 5,000 downloads sold, spurring its No. 13 start on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs. “Bruk” is the first track available for sale from Francis’ set This Mixtape Is Fire, due Aug. 14.
‘MAGIC’ TRICK: Also on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs, Nine Inch Nails re-enter at No. 12, a new peak, with their dance/rock classic “Closer.” The song is up by a whopping 388 percent to 5,000, driven by its synch in Magic Mike XXL, released in theaters on July 1. In the movie, actor Donald Glover covers Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” before the scene segues to NIN’s “Closer.” The enduring track from the Trent Reznor-led act, released in 1994, long before the advent of digital music sales, has sold 1.4 million downloads to date.
‘PRETTY’ GOOD: Shifting to Dance Club Songs, as previously reported, Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea team up at No. 1 with “Pretty Girls” (2-1). It’s the ninth chart-topper for Spears, who first led the list on Dec. 27, 2003, with “Me Against the Music,” featuring Madonna. “Pretty” is the fourth No. 1 for Azalea, who first conquered the chart with her smash “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, on July 5, 2014. Since then, no other act has scored more than her four No. 1s. In addition to “Fancy” and “Pretty,” Azalea topped Dance Club Songs with “Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora, on Oct. 4, and “Booty” (billed to Jennifer Lopez featuring Azalea or Pitbull) on Dec. 6.
Remixes from Division 4 & Matt Consola, Enrry Senna and DJ Claudio Ferraz, among others, helped Spears and Azalea to sit “Pretty” at the top.
‘FACE’ FACTS: Finally, on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, The Weeknd whisks to a third top 10 with “Can’t Feel My Face” (15-8). His hit with Ariana Grande, “Love Me Harder,” spent three weeks at No. 1 in January, while “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” rose to No. 6 in May. Only Taylor Swift has also captured three top 10s on the chart in 2015.