Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: VAVO, Big Wild & Luttrell
Each week, Billboard Dance looks at songs & albums rising on Billboard's dance charts.
VAVO feat. Caroline Kole, “Right Now”
Production duo Vavo, consisting of Vancouver-based Jesse Fischer and London’s Alden Martin, debuts at No. 32 on Billboard‘s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated Feb. 16) with “Right Now,” featuring Nashville-based singer Caroline Kole. Vavo earns its second and highest-ranking hit, following “Sleeping Alone” (No. 38, May 2018), while Kole celebrates her first Billboard chart action. “Now” owes its airplay primarily to three core-dance affiliates, Music Choice’s Dance/EDM channel, SiriusXM’s BPM, and KNHC (C89.5) Seattle, according to Nielsen Music.
Big Wild, Superdream
Big Wild (aka, Jackson Stell) secures his first appearance on a Billboard albums chart, as Superdream debuts at No. 16 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums. The set earned 2,000 equivalent album units, while its traditional sales sum sparks a No. 4 start on Dance/Electronic Album Sales. Previously, Big Wild bagged a No. 3 showing on the (now-defunct) Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart with “Invincible,” featuring Ida Hawk. The act’s Superdream Tour begins March 6 in Santa Ana, California, and concludes March 30 in New York City.
Luttrell, Into Clouds
San Francisco-based melodic techno act Luttrell (full name Eric Luttrell) lands his first Billboard chart appearance as a solo act, entering Dance/Electronic Album Sales at No. 9 with Into Clouds. Previously, as a member of The M Machine, Luttrell reached the chart twice, with the EPs Metropolis, Pt. I (No. 20, 2012) and Metropolis, Pt. II (No. 10, 2013). The DJ/producer embarked on his Into Clouds North American Tour Jan. 17 in Atlanta and continues through March 16 in Lake Tahoe.
Says Luttrell (via label Anjunadeep), “I think each song has a message, a vibe or a feeling that each and every one of us can relate to on some level. Some moments are flying high above it all, some are dreamy or whimsical and some moments are more pensive, delicate or even vulnerable. I want listeners to make this album their own and attribute their personal experiences and feelings to the music.”