‘Star Wars’ Is a Dance Chart Force, Dave Aude Hits Milestone
"Star Wars Headspace" & Alex Newell enter Top Dance/Electronic Albums, Aude ties two titans & "Fast Car" revs twice.
The Star Wars universe grows ever larger, as compilation Star Wars Headspace rockets in at No. 1 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums. The set blends sounds from the Star Wars movies (snippets of dialogue, sound effects, and beeps from robots) with dance beats courtesy of producers and artists including Baauer, Galantis, Kaskade, Royksopp and Rick Rubin.
Headspace is just the second various artists compilation of new material to reach No. 1 on the nearly 15-year-old Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart, following High School Musical 2: Non-Stop Dance Party (2008). Headspace sold 3,000 copies in the week ending Feb. 25, according to Nielsen Music, and also bows at No. 8 on Compilation Albums, while denting the Billboard 200 at No. 197.
‘OVER’ STARTS: Elsewhere on Top Dance/Electronic Albums, Alex Newell bows at No. 4 with Power (1,000 sold). The five-song EP was led by the single “This Ain’t Over,” which is bubbling under the Dance Club Songs chart. Newell, who played Unique Adams on Fox’s Glee, is currently on the road with Adam Lambert, with dates scheduled through April 2 in Los Angeles.
AUDE TIES TWO: On Dance Club Songs, Dave Aude ties Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull for the most No. 1s among males – 13 each – as “True Original” (featuring Erasure’s Andy Bell) rises 2-1. Ten women boast more leaders, led by Madonna with 46 (while Whitney Houston and Kylie Minogue have also earned 13 apiece). Remixes from Denzal Park, Stonebridge and Nacho Chapado & Ivan Gomez helped make club-goers “True” believers.
“True” is the second solo No. 1 for Bell, both as a featured act for Aude; their “Aftermath (Here We Go)” led in 2014. As half of duo Erasure (for whom he is the lead singer), Bell collected an additional two leaders: “Victim of Love (Remix)” (1987) and “Breathe” (2005). Erasure has tallied 20 total top 10s, from 1986 through 2015.
MOTORIN’: Two new versions of Tracy Chapman‘s classic “Fast Car” accelerate on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. Jonas Blue‘s cover (featuring Dakota) zooms 16-12, while Tobtok’s take (featuring River) enters the chart race at No. 22 (marking the week’s highest debut). Capitol and RCA are promoting the respective singles to radio. Chapman recorded her original as an introspective folk/pop song, which reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988 and helped her win three Grammy Awards in 1989.
Additional reporting by Gary Trust