Israeli Eurovision Winner 'Toy' Tops Billboard's Dance Club Song Chart

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Netta Barzilai celebrating after winning the Eurovision song contest in Lisbon, Portugal.
Netta Barzilai celebrating after winning the Eurovision song contest in Lisbon, Portugal.Credit: Armando Franca,AP

Israeli singer Netta Barzilai's hit "Toy," which snagged Israel's big win at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, rose to the top of Billboard's dance club song chart.

The song, which was ranked second on the same chart last week, is the first Israeli oeuvre to reach the U.S. magazine's renowned record chart.  

"This is very moving for me," Barzilai, who is currently in New York, wrote in a statement for the press. "I'm grateful for everything that's been happening. This is an amazing year and the experience I'm going through is simply crazy."

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The singer has been in the States for the past several weeks on a PR tour, during which she performed with her song "Toy" on NBC's "Today Show."

This is the ninth week that "Toy" has appeared on the Billboard chart. It spent a week in the 53rd spot, left the chart for a week, came bouncing back to 35th spot and has been gradually climbing since.

Upon rising to the number one ranking, "Toy" surpassed songs by renowned singers such as Christina Aguilera, David Gueta, Cardi B and others.

Since the big win at the Eurovision, "Toy" garnered success in charts in Austria, Finland, France, Spain, Sweden and other European countries. It also appeared in digital music servers such as Spotify and iTunes.

Billboard's dance club song chart has been published in the U.S. on a weekly basis since 1976 and represents a sample of the most popular songs in clubs across the U.S.

It is published alongside the general weekly chart, which includes the most beloved 100 hits, and other charts for more specific genres. "Toy" has also appeared in the electronic songs chart over the past five weeks, where it reached the 29th spot.

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