Dance/Electronic Singles Sales
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Dance/Electronic Singles Sales (previously known as Hot Dance Singles Sales and Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales) was a chart released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States, established in 1985. It measured the sale of commercially released singles that deal with dance music and remixes.
The Hot Dance Singles Sales once included non-dance songs and singles without dance remixes if they were released as maxi singles, including singles by such artists as the industrial metal band Ministry and alternative rock band The Smiths. It was felt that this rule misled the chart's purpose of measuring the sales of dance music, and thus non-dance/non-remix maxi singles were later excluded from the chart. As a result, although many non-dance acts release singles today in the maxi-single format, they are not included in this chart unless the single includes dance remixes.
When introduced, the chart ranked the top 50 songs each week. By 2001, it was reduced to 25 and was reduced to a 10-song chart following the introduction of the Dance Airplay chart in 2003. On January 17, 2013, Billboard added Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, which tracks the 50 most popular dance and electronic songs based on club play, single sales, overall radio airplay, downloads, and online streaming.
Billboard discontinued the Singles Sales chart after 2013, as it was incorporated into the Dance/Electronic Songs chart and due to the decreasing number of vinyl sales.
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