Dance/Mix Show Airplay

Dance/Mix Show Airplay

Dance/Mix Show Airplay (formerly Hot Dance Airplay) is a monitored electronic dance music radio chart that is featured weekly in Billboard magazine. The chart came about as a result of the small but influential impact of electronic dance music on the radio in the United States and the stations that program it. The chart was openly available through Billboard, Billboard Radio Monitor and R&R from its 2003 inception to 2008, when it became exclusive-only to Billboard. Because the chart is not featured on, it can only be available through its subscription-only website.

In the issue dated November 19, 2011, the chart's name and methodology was changed. Director of charts Keith Caulfield explained in his "Over the Counter" column: "Effective this week, Billboard's Dance Airplay chart is renamed Dance/Mix Show Airplay, as its source of data is widely expanded. Formerly a ranking based on airplay at six dance-formatted reporters (four terrestrial radio stations, plus SiriusXM's BPM channel and Music Choice's Dance/Electronica channel) the plays-based list expands to include mixshow plays on mainstream top 40 and select rhythmic stations that have submitted their hours of mixshow programming, as monitored by Nielsen BDS, to Billboard."[1]



The chart made its debut on October 17, 2003, with "Just the Way You Are" by Milky being the first number-one song, even though it had been number one for three weeks, having topped it the week ending September 28.[2] The reason for this is because the chart was unpublished for the first ten weeks of its existence, which means that its official issue start date was August 17, when the actual first number-one was "Never (Past Tense)" by Roc Project featuring Tina Arena.[2]

The current number-one for the issue dated November 26, 2011, is "We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris.

Chart criteria

There are twenty-five positions on this chart and it is solely based on radio airplay. Dance/Mix Show Airplay is a component chart of the Billboard Hot 100. Six radio stations (all exclusive) are electronically monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. Songs are ranked by a calculation of the total number of spins per week with its "audience impression", which is based upon exact times of airplay and each station's Arbitron listener data. The chart also include the 141 Mainstream Top 40 and 72 Rhythmic Top 40 reporters that features mix shows as part of their programming.

Songs receiving the greatest growth will receive a "bullet", although there are tracks that will also get bullets if the loss in detections doesn't exceed the percentage of downtime from a monitored station. "Airpower" awards are issued to songs that appear on the top 20 of both the airplay and audience chart for the first time, while the "greatest gainer" award is given to song with the largest increase in detections. A song with six or more spins in its first week is awarded an "airplay add". If a song is tied for the most spins in the same week, the one with the biggest increase that previous week will rank higher, but if both songs show the same amount of spins regardless of detection the song that is being played at more stations is ranked higher. Songs that fall below the top 15 and have been on the chart after 26 weeks are removed and go to recurrent status.

Chart statistics and other facts

  • Artists with the most number-one Dance/Mix Show Airplay hits:
1. Rihanna – 10
2. Madonna – 7
3. David Guetta – 6
3. Katy Perry - 5
5. Justin Timberlake – 4 (tie)
5. Britney Spears - 4 (tie)
  • Rihanna has accumulated the most chart-toppers, with ten number-ones. She was also the youngest artist on this chart to reach number one with "Pon de Replay" in 2005, when she was 16.
  • Madonna is the only artist on this chart to see her first seven singles all reached number one consecutively, making her the only artist on this chart to accomplish this feat. Madonna also has the most number-ones from one album, all four singles from Confessions on a Dance Floor topped the chart (Although she is now tied with Katy Perry, as her four singles from Teenage Dream have reached the top spot). In addition, Madonna was also named the number-one Dance Airplay artist for the decade (2003–2009) in Billboard's decade-end recap in 2009.
  • David Guetta has the most number-ones on this chart among male artists, with six. However, Guetta, due to being a producer and DJ/remixer, also has the most number ones with singles that feature guest vocalists that perform on his songs.
  • David Guetta featuring Akon's "Sexy Chick" was the first number one single to return to the top spot three times in its chart run in 2009. That record would be broken by "Take Over Control" by Afrojack featuring Eva Simons on January 22, 2011, when that song took the number one position four times in its run.
  • Cascada and AnnaGrace are tied with having the most number-ones among duos or groups on this chart, with 3. However, AnnaGrace are the only duo or group to score consecutive number ones on this chart.
  • "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga holds the record for the most consecutive weeks at number one (fifteen weeks, as of the May 16, 2009 issue).
  • Lady Gaga's first single "Just Dance" holds the record for the longest run on the chart without reaching number one, 44 weeks, as of March 21, 2009. The single peaked at number two in August 2008.
  • "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga endured the biggest drop from number one, when it fell to number 13 in the March 6, 2010 issue.
  • "Only Girl (In the World)" by Rihanna endured the biggest drop from the top 10, going from 4 to 21 in the December 25, 2010 issue.
  • "Let Me Think About It", by Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand has the longest chart run, spending 52 weeks on the chart, as of November 8, 2008. It also became the first imported single to reach number one, also in 2008. In 2009, the track was named the number one single of the decade in Billboard's decade-end recap of the top 50 Dance Airplay songs from 2003 to 2009.
  • As of the May 2, 2009 issue, "Every Word" by Ercola featuring Daniela spent most of 46 week run in the top 10 without dropping below number 10.
  • Despina Vandi's 2004 hit "Gia" was the chart's first foreign-language recording to reach number one.
  • Kelly Osbourne's single "One Word" holds the distinction of being the first song to claim the number one spot on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Dance Single Sales charts in the same week. The feat was accomplished on June 18, 2005.
  • In 2007 Eric Prydz vs. Pink Floyd's "Proper Education (The Wall)" became the first number-one single on this chart to feature a remixed recording of an original song, as the track was based on Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2."
  • Natasja Saad was the first artist to reach the top spot posthumously, as her collaboration with Enur, "Calabria", reached number one on January 22, 2008.
  • Filo & Peri featuring Eric Lumiere's "Anthem" was the first trance recording by an American act in this genre, to reach the number one position on February 16, 2008..
  • Beyoncé, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland are the only artists on this chart to reach number one as members of a group (Destiny's Child) and as solo artists.
  • Kim Sozzi's 2008 number-one single "Feel Your Love" was the first single on this chart to be named the top song of the year before the year had started, as it was named the number one single of 2009. The track reached number one in December 2008 but continued its 45-week chart run in 2009. Because of Billboard's requirements for songs that had charted from December of the previous year to November of the following year, "Feel Your Love" became eligible in this case.
  • In 2010, both Inna and Kesha became the first artists on this chart to swap each others' number-one chart positions with debut singles, with Inna's "Hot" succeeding Kesha's "Tik Tok" and then having the latter returned the favor to the former.
  • In 2010, Deadmau5 featuring Rob Swire's "Ghosts N Stuff" became the first song on this chart to make the slowest climb to number one, 24 weeks. In addition, both "Ghosts N Stuff" and AnnaGrace's "Love Keeps Calling" share the distinction of having dropped off the chart, then returning and climbing to the top spot.
  • In 2010, "Stereo Love" by Edward Maya featuring Vika Jigulina became the first number one song in Billboard's year-end Dance Airplay chart to have reached number one three times in its chart run.
  • Kylie Minogue holds the record for having one song re-enter the chart six times with "Get Outta My Way." The single debuted at number 17 in its October 30, 2010 issue, then dropped out a week later, only to return in the November 13, 2010 (Two weeks), December 11, 2010 (Two weeks), December 25, 2010 (One week), January 15, 2011 (two weeks) and March 19, 2011 (one week) issues.

Dance/Mix Show Airplay radio panel

There are six reporters who make up this panel (as of November 6, 2011), according to Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, all of them part of the Top 40 panel:[2]

See also

  • Hot Dance Club Songs
  • List of number one dance airplay hits (United States)
  • List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. dance airplay chart


  1. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2011). "Over the Counter". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) (2011-11-19): page 53. 
  2. ^ a b c Caulfield, Keith (2003-10-17). "Billboard Bits: Jack Black, Dub Narcotic, Milky". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc). Retrieved 2010-06-28. [dead link]

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