French DJ Sinclar outdances Madonna in 2006


NEW YORK - In a year when dance's prodigal mother -- Madonna herself -- showed her nightclub pride with an album called "Confessions on a Dance Floor," French producer Bob Sinclar won the battle for the hearts of America's DJs and clubgoers.

Sinclar's hit "World, Hold On (Children of the Sky)," the second single off his debut album, "Western Dream," topped Billboard's year-end hot dance club play singles chart, while last winter's omnipresent "Love Generation" held its own at No. 12.

That's not to say that Madonna didn't show her power.

Madonna was No. 1 on the year-end hot dance club play artists chart. "Confessions" topped the electronic albums chart. "Sorry" and "Get Together" were No. 6 and No. 9 on hot dance club play singles, and No. 2 and No. 6 on hot dance airplay. And on hot dance single sales, Madonna's "Hung Up" was No. 2 and "Sorry" No. 4.

But no one song on "Confessions" possessed the anthemic quality of Sinclar's offerings.

"World, Hold On" had just enough pathos to evoke almost earnest kumbaya-ing, while "Love Generation" translated the same John Lennon-esque message in tropical, singalong form.

You can't understand the power of both tracks until witnessing the usually chilly models-and-bottles lounge crowd, from New York to Los Angeles, jump up and mouth every word.

Not quite inspiring the same reaction was Nine Inch Nails' clinically depressed "Every Day Is Exactly the Same," which topped the hot dance singles sales Chart, cohabitating the top 10 with folks like Madonna, Beyonce and Paris Hilton.

This year's top 10 finishers on the hot dance airplay Chart were all of the female persuasion, highlighting the format's continued love affair with the femme voice. Rihanna's Soft Cell-sampling "SOS" edged out Madonna's "Sorry" for the No. 1 position and led a pack including Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Nelly Furtado and Natasha Bedingfield, as well as indie success story Cascada and actress-turned-singer Brittany Murphy (who performed "Faster Kill Pussycat" for Paul Oakenfold).

Girl power rules, but in a perfect world both Sinclar tracks would have raided the sorority.