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Underworld, Baauer & Redfoo Debut on Top Dance/Electronic Albums Chart

Plus, Jonas Blue tops Dance Club Songs and Morgan Page goes top 10 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay.

Veteran electronic act Underworld enters Billboard‘s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (dated April 9) at No. 1 with Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future, its second leader on the list. Underworld’s first set in more than five years sold 4,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen Music, marking the British group’s best sales week since Nov. 3, 2007, when its first No. 1, Oblivion With Bells, also arrived with 4,000 (although slightly more than its new release before rounding off totals).


Underworld "Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future"
Underworld "Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future" Courtesy Photo

Underworld’s last album, Barking, hit No. 6 in 2010. Barbara is the act’s fifth chart hit and fourth top 10. It’s also Underworld’s seventh album to impact the Billboard 200 (debuting at No. 200). Three Underworld albums predated Top Dance/Electronic Albums (which premiered in July 2001), but hit the Billboard 200, including its only collection to crack the chart’s upper half, Beaucoup Fish (No. 93, 1999).

WHAT’S SHAKIN’?: Baauer bolts onto Top Dance/Electronic Albums at No. 3 with Aa, his first full-length album (1,000 sold). Additionally, the “Harlem Shake” star scores the Hot Shot Debut on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with “Temple,” featuring M.I.A. and G-Dragon, at No. 26. The track sold 2,000 downloads and enters Dance/Electronic Digital Songs at No. 36.

The trap DJ, who had last hit Hot Dance/Electronic Songs three years ago, when “Yaow!” reached No. 42, broke through with the 2013 viral smash “Harlem Shake,” which topped the chart for eight weeks and led the Billboard Hot 100 for five frames.

‘PARTY’ ON: Continuing with Top Dance/Electronic Albums, Redfoo returns solo but with a similar theme, debuting at No. 8 with Party Rock Mansion (1,000). As half of LMFAO, Redfoo reached No. 2 with Party Rock in July 2009 and started a run of 19 weeks at No. 1 with Sorry for Party Rocking in November 2011.

LMFAO’s party staples “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It” both topped the Hot 100 (for six and two weeks, respectively), although they predated the Jan. 26, 2013, launch of Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. The son of Motown founder Berry Gordy, Redfoo (real name: Stefan Gordy) has hit the latter chart four times solo, including with two songs last year included on Mansion: “New Thang” (No. 42) and “Juicy Wiggle” (No. 27).

‘CAR’ RIDE: Shifting to Dance Club Songs, Jonas Blue drives to No. 1 with “Fast Car,” featuring Dakota (2-1). Remixes of the cover of Tracy Chapman’s pop-folk hit, which reached No. 6 on the Hot 100 in 1988, from Daddy’s Groove, Grant Nelson and Steve Smart, among others, helped infuse Blue’s tropical house track with the necessary tempo for dance clubs.

“Car” is a burgeoning across-the-board dance hit, adding Dance/Electronic Digital Songs to its list of charts where it has sped to the top 10 (12-10; 7,000 sold, up 14 percent). Meanwhile, “Car” parks at its No. 7 peak for a third week on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, and, while it slips a spot on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs (7-8), it gains by 2 percent to 3.5 million U. S. streams. British producer Blue’s track also rises 29-26 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay.

PAGE BOOKS SPOT IN TOP 10: Speaking of Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Morgan Page posts his third top 10 with “Running Wild” (11-8). Featuring producers Oddictions and singer Britt Daley, “Running” is Page’s first top 10 since late 2011, when his collaboration with Sultan + Ned Shepard and BT, featuring Angela McCluskey on vocals, “In the Air,” hit No. 1. Remixes of “Wild” from Borgeous, Jayceeoh and Project 46, among others, have combined to sell 9,000 downloads since their Nov. 27, 2015, release.