Dance/Electronic Singles Sales

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In the issue dated March 16, 1985, Billboard magazine debuted its first chart devoted exclusively to 12-inch singles sales. The 50-position weekly ranking joined Billboard's established Dance Club Songs, reduced to 50 positions weekly, both under the title HOT DANCE/DISCO. A coupling from MCA Records' Beverly Hills Cop (soundtrack), Patti LaBelle's "New Attitude" and Harold Faltermeyer's "Axel F", held the No. 1 slot for the chart's first week and was also #1 for the second consecutive week on the most-played dance/disco chart.[1] On June 20, 1992, the chart was renamed HOT DANCE MUSIC Maxi-Singles Sales,[2] then simply Hot Dance Singles Sales on March 1, 2003.[3]

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.

On July 28, 2001, the chart size was reduced to 25 positions.[4] Beginning on April 30, 2005, the chart was only published every other week in the magazine .[5] By March 3, 2007, the chart was only available online at billboard.biz.[6] The final chart was published on November 30, 2013 [7] due to the decreasing number of vinyl sales.[citation needed]

On January 23, 2010, Billboard added Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales, which tracks the 50 most popular dance and electronic songs based on single sales.[8]

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