Billboard Releases Top Charts For EDM
2014 was a big year for EDM all around the world. Artists from the United States to Australia have entered the spotlight in record-breaking style, and the mainstream sound of dance music has slowly redefined itself to open doors to other prominent genres. Billboard consistently stands as a reference point for the success of popular music, and as 2014 comes to a close, they have prepared a powerful list of ranking charts for seemingly every major genre, artist, and single. The Dance/Electronic Music charts are what we look forward to the most, and they give light to many of the biggest music trends in the scene today.
According to Billboard, Avicii was named the Top Dance/Electronic Act of 2014, having a surprisingly strong year after experiencing critical health issues and cancelling numerous tour dates. He also had 5 tracks placed on the mega-list of 2014 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, and even his 2013 album True placed 3rd in the Top Dance/Electronic Albums category as well.
DJ Snake found himself at the top of Billboard's New Dance/Electronic Artist list, thanks to his widespread hit "Turn Down For What" featuring Lil Jon, which also placed number 1 in the Top Dance/Electronic Song chart as well. Following DJ Snake on the New Artist list include Clean Bandit, Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, and Kiesza respectively.
Disclosure had a big year in the aftermath of their 2013 debut album Settle, which came in 4th on the Top Dance/Electronic Act list behind Avicii, Lady Gaga, and Calvin Harris respectively. Their single "Latch" went on to climb the charts for a record-breaking 47-weeks straight, and still landed itself 5th on the year-end list of Dance/Electronic Singles. Clean Bandit's hit "Rather Be" featuring Jess Glynne was the second longest climbing single, ending the year at 4th on the Top Dance/Electronic Song chart after a 37-week climb.
One of the most surprising findings from the charts was in the category of Top Dance/Electronic Albums, as Lady Gaga found her place at the top with her album ARTPOP, although it's safe to say that with "pop" in the name of the album it doesn't exactly qualify as a true EDM release. Other artists such as Lindsey Sterling followed Gaga on the Dance/Electronic Album Artists list, moving 56,000 units of her album Shatter Me, followed by Skrillex's Recess pushing 47,000 and Calvin Harris' Summer pushing 35,000. All three of these albums entered the top five places onBillboards Top 200 Albums of the year list.