Tuesday, 16 October 2012

The return of dance music as a commercial force!

2012 has been arguably the most successful year for dance music since 2000, with UK #1 singles from David Guetta & Sia's Titanium, DJ Fresh & Rita Ora's Hot Right Now, Rudimental and John Newman's Feel The Love, Sam & The Womp's Bom Bom and Swedish House Mafia's Don't You Worry Child. Calvin Harris' new single Sweet Nothing looks set for the top of the charts this weekend to make it another victory for dance music, after his past four singles as a lead artist - Bounce, Feel So Close, Let's Go & We'll Be Coming Back all stalled at No.2, positiviely Sash-esque, the difference being that Calvin has topped the UK chart in the past. Calvin also had involvement in three other UK chart toppers in the past year - Rihanna's ubiquitous We Found Love, Cheryl's Call My Name and his remix of Florence + The Machine's Spectrum, the latter two being another couple of half triumphs for dance music at the top of the charts, or at least music influenced by the dance genre! And let's not forget Tulisa's debut solo single Young, which was essentially a Cascada song fronted by the famous X Factor judge and N-Dubz singer! 

After the dark days of the genre commercially in the mid-00s where looped 80s samples were in vogue and landfill indie ruled the charts, where in 2005 only Madonna's pop anthem Hung Up and Crazy Frog's dire Axel F had the smallest of links to the genre, it now seems to be one of the most popular types of music once again. It's fantastic to see that these chart toppers all have one thing in common, they're all completely original songs. No covers, no samples, more thought is going back into dance music once again and the artists responsible for these hits are reaping the rewards.

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