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Tiesto & Ava Max’s ‘The Motto’ Moves to No. 1 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart

Plus, moves for Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X, The Weeknd, Disclosure & Zedd and Janet Jackson.

Tiesto and Ava Max travel to the top of Billboard‘s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated Feb. 12) with “The Motto.”

The song is Tiesto’s fifth leader on the survey, which began in 2003, joining “I Will Be Here,” with Sneaky Sound System (two weeks at No. 1, 2009); “Red Lights” (11, 2014); “Jackie Chan,” with Dzeko and featuring Preme and Post Malone (two, 2018); and “The Business” (2020).

“Motto” is Max’s maiden No. 1.

The track is earning core-dance attention at multiple full-time dance outlets, including SiriusXM’s BPM, Music Choice’s Dance/EDM Channel and KMVQ-HD2 San Francisco, according to MRC Data. (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.)

On the Billboard Hot 100, the song enters at No. 95, becoming Tiesto’s sixth career entry and Max’s fourth. Concurrently, “Motto” maintains its No. 4 highs on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs, having earned 4.8 million U.S. streams (up 4%) in the Jan. 28-Feb. 3 tracking week.


NEW TOP 10s: Three other acts blast to the top 10 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, led by Justin Bieber, who adds his 20th top 10 with “Ghost” (11-6).

Plus, Lil Nas X lands his fifth top 10 with “Thats What I Want” (13-9), and The Weeknd tallies his 13th with “Sacrifice” (19-10).

ON THE ‘GO’: On the multimetric Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, Disclosure and Zedd zoom in at No. 15 with “You’ve Got to Let Go If You Want to Be Free.” The collab bows with 904,000 U.S. domestic streams.

Disclosure posts its 30th entry on the chart, a history led by its four-week 2014 leader, “Latch,” featuring Sam Smith, and two other top 10s, “Omen,” also featuring Smith (No. 5, 2015), and “Magnets,” featuring Lorde (No. 8, 2015).

Zedd notches his 24th chart hit, a roster that includes 12 top 10s, four of which hit No. 1. Of those, “The Middle,” with Maren Morris and Grey, spent 33 weeks on top starting in February 2018, the second-longest reign in the chart’s nine-year history (after Marshmello and Bastille’s 69-week command with “Happier” beginning in September 2018).

JACKSON JUMPS: Janet Jackson scores her first top 10 on the Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart (which began in 2010), as her 1998 Hot 100 No. 1 “Together Again” arrives at No. 9, up 973% to 900 sold. She also resurfaces with her No. 4-peaking 1993 Hot 100 hit “If” for the first time since 2011 (No. 12; 800 sold, up 674%).

The songs registered their surges in the Jan. 28-Feb. 3 tracking week in the wake of A&E and Lifetime’s four-part Janet Jackson documentary, which premiered Jan. 28.