She’s had chart success all over Europe since her Eurovision win, and topped the Israeli music charts with her Eurovision-winning song “Toy”.
Now Netta Barzilai has collected a new title for her ever-longer resume — she’s hit number one on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.
After steadily climbing the chart for nine weeks, “Toy” has finally reached the top spot.
This marks the first time that a song by an Israeli singer has topped one of the Billboard charts, which tracks the most popular music in the United States — the world’s biggest and most influential music market.
Speaking to Israeli media, Netta couldn’t contain her excitement.
“This is very exciting for me! I just got off the plane and this is the first message I got when I turned on my phone. I am grateful for everything happening around me. This is an amazing year and the experience I’m having is just nuts”.
— Netta Barzilai (@NettaBarzilai) August 20, 2018
“Toy” also remains number 31 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic charts.
Hitting number one on the dance charts is no mean feat. She overtook established artists including Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Jonas Blue and Axwell & Ingrosso — the cousin of this year’s Swedish representative Benjamin Ingrosso.
The Dance Club Songs chart reflects what DJs are actually playing — a sure-fire sign that Netta is gaining important exposure that could help her in the other charts as people discover her music.
She also appeared in a ‘You Should Know’ segment for Billboard recently, where we learned about how she controls herself on stage, and her obsession with US rapper Nicki Minaj.
Topping the charts comes off the back of a hectic few months: she recently performed “Toy” on the US Today Show and has sung in, and climbed the charts in, Berlin, London, Madrid, Cologne, Stockholm, Zurich, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Frankfurt. Our girl does not bucking stop!
“Toy” marks the second Eurovision song to hit the US Billboard Dance charts in recent times, with San Marino’s 2016 act Serhat entering the charts back in June with “I Didn’t Know”, peaking at No.25. Eurovsion 1988 winner Céline Dion also reached No.1 in the chart, when her song “Ashes” hit the top spot in July.
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