With ‘State,’ Todd Rundgren makes a return to the charts – the dance charts

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Todd Rundgren is back on the charts with his new electronica-laced Cherry Red release State, the first time since 2004. But there’s a twist: He landed on the Billboard dance/electronic charts.

“Having an album on any sort of a chart lately is a refreshing experience,” Rundgren says in the attached video. As for debuting on the dance polls, he added: “I was surprised when I heard it; I almost didn’t believe it.”

Rundgren’s 2004 effort Liars rose as high as No. 132 on the UK charts. Before that, Rundgren’s last appearance on the Billboard album lists was with 1991’s 2nd Wind. His last Top 40 U.S. hit as a solo artist was 1978’s Hermit of Mink Hollow.

“I haven’t had an album that really charted in a long time,” Rundgren admits, “but I also haven’t had a label, in the traditional sense, in a long time. Most of my recent recordings have been self-produced, and then I go find a distributor for them.”

As Rundgren launched himself head-long into the technology revolution that’s changed the way music is made, his albums have become more electronic — and, yes, in many ways more danceable. But he says the creative goals remain unchanged.

“I still try to stick to my original criteria,” Rundgren adds. “I want to write songs that mean something to people — regardless of the tools that I am using.”

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