Sam Smith & Kim Petras‘ ’Unholy’ Hits No. 1 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart

Sam Smith and Kim Petras parade to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated Dec. 3) with “Unholy.” The song is Smith’s third leader on the list, following “Diamonds” (for a week in December 2020) and “Promises,” with Calvin Harris (two weeks, 2018). Petras scores her first No. 1 on the survey.

“Unholy” drew core-dance airplay, via its Disclosure remix, on Music Choice’s Dance/EDM channel, KMVQ-HD2 San Francisco and WZFL (Revolution 93.5) Miami, among other signals, in the Nov. 21-27 tracking week, according to Luminate. (The Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart measures radio airplay on a select group of full-time dance stations, along with plays during mix shows on around 70 top 40-formatted reporters.)

Additionally remixed by Acraze, “Unholy” became the first leader for both Smith and Petras on the Oct. 29-dated Billboard Hot 100. Speaking of Acraze – just crowned atop Billboard‘s Top New Dance/Electronic Artists recap for 2022 – “Believe,” featuring Goodboys, debuts on both Dance/Mix Show Airplay (No. 40) and the multi-metric Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (No. 47). It samples Coco Star’s 1996 track “I Need a Miracle,” which was popularized when Fragma sampled it in 2000’s “Toca’s Miracle.”

“Believe” is Acraze’s follow-up to “Do It to It” (featuring Cherish), which hit Nos. 2 and 3 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay and Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, respectively.

Staying with the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, Taylor Swift storms into the top 10 with her current Hot 100 leader “Anti-Hero” (11-7). It’s her ninth top 10 among 17 charted titles, dating to the debut of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (No. 21 peak, 2012). Swift led with “Wildest Dreams,” remixed by R3HAB, for a week in 2015.

“Anti-Hero” has drawn core-dance support for its Kungs remix on iHeartRadio’s Pride Radio and for its Jayda G remix on SiriusXM’s Diplo’s Revolution. The song, additionally remixed by Roosevelt, ILLENIUM and others, is also collecting airplay on Channel Q.

Additionally on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Regard reaps his sixth top 10 and Drop G earns his first with “No Love for You” (19-8). Plus, Nicki Minaj notches her 10th top 10 with “Super Freaky Girl” (12-9).

Shifting to the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart, The Prodigy returns at No. 13 with its breakthrough The Fat of the Land, following its reissue as a 25th-anniversary double silver vinyl release. The 1997 set previously appeared on the chart, also at No. 13, for a week in 2019; its original release pre-dated the tally’s 2001 inception. The Prodigy has notched five Top Dance/Electronic Albums top 10s, including its 2004 two-week No. 1 Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned.

Land, which includes signature songs “Firestarter” (No. 30 on the Hot 100, 1997), “Smack My Bitch Up” (No. 89 on the Hot 100, 1998) and “Breathe” (No. 18 on Alternative Airplay, 1997), earned 3,000 equivalent album units in the tracking week. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in July 1997.

Gordon Murray