Friday, June 21, 2024

Air, Moby & Nile Rodgers Notch New No. 1s on Dance/Electronic Charts


Air and Moby, both heritage, downtempo electronic acts, return to Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (dated July 2).

Air, the French duo of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel, opens at No. 5 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums with Twentyears (1,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music), a collection of classics and rarities. It's the sixth top 10 for the act, which has notched one No. 1, Pocket Symphony, in 2007. Air first blew in at No. 3 on the inaugural Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart, dated June 30, 2001, with 10,000 Hz Legend.

Moby launches at No. 6 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums with Music From Porcelain (1,000). The musical compilation double-album accompanying Moby's book Porcelain: A Memoir follows his life in New York City from 1989 to 1999, both through his songs and others'. The set is Moby's ninth top 10, a run that began at No. 1 on June 1, 2002, with 18. His single, "Porcelain," is from his commercial breakthrough album, Play, released in 1999, ahead of the June 2001 inception of Top Dance/Electronic Albums; the LP logged 94 weeks on the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 38 in March 2001.

Recently, Moby moved deeper into the world of quiet, drumless ambient music, appearing on Top New Age Albums for the first time with Long Ambients1: Calm. Sleep. Although it debuted at No. 5 on that list dated June 18 and is available for sale for $9.99 in the iTunes Store, the album (which has sold less than 1,000 to date) is free on Moby's website, where it is described as an ideal soundtrack for "sleeping and yoga."

'LIGHTS' UP: On Dance Club Songs, Alex Newell, Jess Glynne and DJ Cassidy, with disco pioneer Nile Rodgers, rise 2-1 with "Kill the Lights." It's the first leader each for all three lead acts and the third solo topper for Rodgers, all since 2015; as a member of Chic, Rodgers earned three No. 1s (in 1977, 1978 and 1992). From the soundtrack to HBO's Vinyl, "Kill" was remixed by, among others, Audien, Dimitri From Paris and Yolanda Be Cool.

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