Sonique, the hot British singer/producer/DJ, grabs the top spot on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart this week with her hit single "It Feels So Good."
The song (RealAudio excerpt) is appealing to fans of several electronic-music genres, including trance, according to Shawn Christopher, a retail buyer at Vinylmania, a popular New York dance-music shop.
"I go through a lot of her records," Christopher said. "People are really paying attention to her."
Latin sensation Enrique Iglesias climbs from #6 to #2 with "Be With You," from his 1999 album Enrique. The 12-inch single of the song features a remix by Thunderpuss 2000, known for their mixes of Christina Aguilera's "What a Girl Wants" and Whitney Houston's "It's Not Right, but It's OK."
"Anything Thunderpuss 2000 does slides off the shelf," Christopher said. "They do these very tribal, progressive mixes that people really seem to like."
Another Thunderpuss 2000 remix on the chart is Abigail's "If It Don't Fit," which moved from #8 to #4.
But it's Alice Deejay's "Better Off Alone" (RealAudio excerpt), which moved from #9 to #6, that Christopher expects to last through the summer. The tune also is at #48 on the Hot 100 singles chart.
"It's going to be a really big record," Christopher said.
Meanwhile, the Pet Shop Boys' "I Don't Know What You Want but I Can't Give It Any More" claims the chart's biggest boost, rising from #25 to #15.
The song is a remix of the original which appeared on the veteran duo's 1999 album Nightlife by Peter Rauhoffer of popular dance act Club 69.
"Anything remixed by the Club 69 guys always has a disco feel," said Pet Shop Boys publicist Tanya Gerber. "Which works really well with this song. [Pet Shop Boys vocalist] Neil [Tennant] did it acoustically on the tour last year, and this is a nice complement to that."
Elsewhere in the top 10, Kim English's "Missing You" dropped from the top spot to #3, Shannon's "Give Me Tonight 2000" fell to #5, Wamdue Project's "King of My Castle" remix is #7, and "Desert Rose" by Sting (featuring Cheb Mami) is #8.
Longtime house producer Byron Stingily's "Why Can't You Be Real" and Veronica's "I'm in Love" enter at #9 and #10, respectively.