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Surf Mesa Hits Top 5 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart With Frankie Valli-Inspired ‘ily’

Plus, moves for Robin Schulz and Dua Lipa.

Surf Mesa marches into the top five of Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (dated May 23) with “ily,” featuring Emilee (6-5).

The first top five hit on the chart for both the producer and vocalist, “ily” (short for “I love you”) was originally released on Nov. 26, but its momentum has been increasing of late, in part due to the release of an official remix by ARTY on May 4.

“ily” earns the chart’s top Sales and Streaming Gainer honors, up 23% to 2,000 downloads sold and 19% to 6.2 million U.S. streams in the week ending May 14, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The track rises 5-4 on Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales and holds at No. 2 on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs.

Notably, Surf Mesa’s song borrows from Frankie Valli’s classic “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 nearly 53 years ago, in July 1967. Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio wrote the original and are credited as writers, along with Surf Mesa (real name: Powell Aguirre), on “ily.”


The composition has charted via various versions over the years, including by The Lettermen, in a medley with “Goin’ Out of My Head” (No. 7 on the Hot 100 in 1968); Pet Shop Boys, in a mash-up with U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” (No. 4, Dance Club Songs, 1991); and Lauryn Hill (No. 2, Rhythmic Songs; No. 8, Adult R&B Songs; No. 10, R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, 1998).

Shifting to Dance/Mix Show Airplay, German DJ/producer Robin Schulz sails 12-8 with “In Your Eyes,” featuring Norwegian singer Alida. Schulz’s second top 10 and Alida’s first, the song marks Schulz’s return to the chart’s upper tier for the first time since he topped the list with “Prayer in C,” with Lillywood, for a week in February 2015.

His seventh total chart hit (not counting Mr. Probz’s “Waves,” which hit No. 1 in August 2014 fueled by Schulz’s influential dance remix of the acoustic original) is drawing airplay on such core-dance affiliates as KMVQ-HD2 San Francisco, Music Choice’s Dance/EDM channel and WCPY Chicago. The Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart measures radio airplay on a select group of full-time dance stations, along with plays during mix shows on nearly 80 top 40-formatted reporters.

Additionally on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Dua Lipa leaps to her sixth top 10 with “Break My Heart” (16-10). The track is the follow-up to “Don’t Start Now,” which enjoyed 16 weeks at No. 1 in December-April, tying for the chart’s second-longest reign ever, after The Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” featuring Halsey (20 weeks, 2016-17). “Don’t Start Now” is still in the top 10 (6-7), marking six months (26 weeks) in the region.