Plus, debuts for Robin Schulz, Zhu & Skrillex, while Crystal Waters and Taylor Swift reach new heights.
The Chainsmokers (Alex Pall & Drew Taggart) lead seven debuts on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (dated Nov. 14) with their first entry, Bouquet (No. 3). The EP starts with 1,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music.
Four of the set’s five tracks have already hit Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, including three currently on the list. “Roses,” featuring Rozes, rises 8-4, earning top Digital and Streaming Gainer honors with 21,000 downloads sold (up 50 percent) and 2.6 million U.S. streams (up 27 percent). It’s DJ duo’s second top five, following “#SELFIE,” which led for two weeks in 2014. “Roses” is also the act’s second Billboard Hot 100 hit, rising 95-71; “#SELFIE” hit No. 16 on the Hot 100. The Chainsmokers also bow on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 29 with “New York City” and bullet at No. 31 with “Until You Were Gone” (with Tritonal and featuring Emily Warren).
EMBRACED: Just behind the DJ duo at No. 4 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums is Armin van Buuren, new with Embrace (1,000). While a step off the first-week performance of his previous studio album, Intense (No. 2; 6,000; May 18, 2013), Embrace marks the Dutch trance king’s 25th charted title, the most of all acts since the list’s June 2001 launch.
SWEET: Back on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Robin Schulz scores his second top 10 with “Sugar,” featuring Franceso Yates (13-9). Previously, Schulz teamed with Lillywood to lead the chart for five weeks, starting on Feb. 14, with “Prayer in C.” “Sugar” also enters the top 10 on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs (11-8), up 19 percent to 2 million U.S. streams.
NEW ZHU REVIEW: The leading debut on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs belongs to Zhu, who, with Skrillex and They, enter at No. 13 with “Working for It.” Its sales of 15,000 are also good for a No. 5 start on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs, marking Zhu’s first top 10 on the list.
“Working” is Zhu’s fourth collaboration in five weeks to hit Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. “Automatic,” credited to Zhu x AlunaGeorge, debuted and peaked at No. 24 on Oct. 10, followed by “As Crazy as It Is,” by Zhu x A-Trak x Kenzamdi (No. 44, Oct. 17), and “Hold Up, Wait a Minute,” by Zhu x Bone Thugs-N-Harmony x Trombone Shorty (No. 25, Oct. 31). Zhu first hit the chart with “Faded,” which rose to No. 12 a year ago this month.
“Working” marks the 24th charted title for Skrillex on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, scooting him ahead of Avicii for the most visits dating to the chart’s Jan. 26, 2013 launch.
WATERS RISES: Shifting to Dance Club Songs, Sted-E (Edward Alcivar), Hybrid Heights (Carlos Rosillo) and Crystal Waters waltz to the top with “Synergy” (2-1). Although the first leader for the DJ twosome, it’s the ninth for Waters, who first crowned the chart 24 years ago with “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless).” She tells Billboard, “Well, I must say it always feels good to be No. 1! I love this song, love the lyrics. It’s all about how everything always comes together just when you thought it never would.”
Adds Sted-E, “As ‘Synergy’ is our first No. 1 Billboard Dance Club Songs record, it is an amazing accomplishment. Sharing it with the queen of house, Crystal Waters, only makes it that much better!”
Remixes from StoneBridge, Robbie Rivera and Bojan, among others, helped send “Synergy” to the summit.
SWIFT, GOULDING SURGE: On Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Taylor Swift takes “Wildest Dreams” up another notch, securing the highest chart position of her career (No. 3). “Dreams” tops her previous highest-peaking hit, “Blank Space” (No. 4 in January). The track is Swift’s fifth consecutive (and total) Dance/Mix Show Airplay top 10, the most of any act since her “Shake It Off” moved 13-8 on Oct. 18, 2014. Aiding airplay of “Dreams” is an officially commissioned remix by DJ R3hab (which has sold 28,000 downloads since its Oct. 15 release).
Also on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Ellie Goulding grabs her seventh top 10 with “On My Mind” (15-10). It’s the follow-up to Goulding’s longest-running No. 1, “Love Me Like You Do,” which basked at the pinnacle for seven weeks in April and May.