Plus, moves for Kygo, Vassy & Disco Fries and more.
Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison) launches atop Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (dated June 8) with Flamagra. The set earned 13,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music. With a little over half of those from traditional album sales, Flamagra also flies in at No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Album Sales.
It’s the second topper amongst five charted titles and four top 10s on Top Dance/Electronic Albums for the Los Angeles-based electronic producer. His last set, You’re Dead!, also began by perching atop the summit, in October 2014.
On Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Flying Lotus has landed three appearances from Flamagra: “Spontaneous” (featuring Little Dragon, No. 50, May 11), “More” (featuring Anderson .Paak, No. 30) and “Black Balloons Reprise” (featuring Denzel Curry, No. 41).
Speaking of Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Kygo commands his 10th top 10, and singer Chelsea Cutler her first, with “Not Ok” (No. 9). The song earned 3 million U.S. streams and sold 4,000 downloads in the tracking week ending May 30. The latter figure is also good for a No. 3 start on Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales.
Greek-Australian singer Vassy conquers Dance Club Songs for a sixth time as New York-based DJ duo Disco Fries (Nick Ditri and Danny Danger) earns its first leader with “Concrete Heart” (2-1). The track was remixed by Charlie Lane, Lewis, and Leo Blanco, among others. “Heart” also heaves to a new peak on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, up 9-7.
Vassy tells Billboard, “‘Concrete Heart’ is a very special record, dedicated to my father who passed away 16 years ago. I really wanted to grow as an artist and focus more on a sound that’s authentic to me. I felt a little vulnerable putting out the record, as it’s a song about being afraid to get hurt, being afraid of rejection, of having the right to love whomever you want no matter who you are, having that equal opportunity. I didn’t know how people would take it, so to see it get received so well inspires me to continue my artistry. As I always say, rejections are simply re-directions.”
“On the production side of ‘Concrete Heart,’ we felt like it was important to tie in our collective influences to the sound of the record,” Disco Fries’ Nick Ditri adds. “After working on a few different versions of the song, we landed on the UK two-step vibe and Dan Muckala jumped in on co-production to help take it the distance.”
Three songs venture into the Dance/Mix Show Airplay top 10 for the first time: Gryffin and Zohara each earn inaugural top 10s with “Remember” (14-6), Khalid commands his sixth top 10 with “Talk” (11-8), and Jax Jones jumps to his third, Martin Solveig his fifth and Madison Beer her first top 10 with “All Day And Night” (17-9).
“Remember” topped Dance Club Songs back on February 23, and “Talk,” remixed by Disclosure and others, is up ten spots on that chart this week (37-27).