La Roux Lights Up With No. 1 Debut
The now-solo act debuts atop Dance/Electronic Albums with 'Trouble In Paradise.' Plus: chart action for Lil Jon, Clean Bandit and Basement Jaxx, and Dave Aude says that Andy Bell is his "favorite vocalist of all time."
La Roux follows her Grammy Award-winning, self-titled debut with her first No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums, Trouble In Paradise. It sold 12,000 units in the week ending July 27, doubling La Roux's previous career best for a single sales week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The album also impacts the Billboard 200, where it’s new at No. 20, La Roux’s highest chart position on that list. (The new album is the first for La Roux as Elly Jackson's solo act. Previously, La Roux was a duo -- Jackson and producer Ben Langmaid.)
Concurrently, the album’s single “Uptight Downtown” debuts at No. 29 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. The act’s self-titled debut album spent 78 weeks on Dance/Electronic Albums but never hit above No. 4 nor sold more than 6,000 units in a single week. That album spawned two No. 1s on the Dance Club Songs chart: “Bulletproof” (Sept. 19, 2009) and “In For The Kill” (Nov. 27, 2010).
Lil Jon’s ‘Bend’ Bows: Lil Jon, half of the team behind the 12-week No. 1 “Turn Down For What,” scores the top entry on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with “Bend Ova.” The anthem sold 21,000 downloads, good for a No. 9 debut on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs. Also on the download sales chart, Clean Bandit climbs to No. 1 with “Rather Be” (4-1, 74,000 units, up 24 percent) in its 20th week on the chart. “Rather” also rises a spot on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (5-4) as the Digital Gainer.
Basement Jaxx Makes a Big Move: Elsewhere on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Basement Jaxx jumps 32 spots with “Never Say Never” (50-18). The track, buoyed by remixes from Mark Knight, Wayward, GotSome, and a just-released remix by Tiesto, also jolts three spots on Dance Club Songs (16-13). “Never” is the first single from Basement Jaxx’s first album in five years, Junto, due Aug. 26.
Aude and Andy Bell Hit No. 1: Dave Aude accelerates to No. 1 (2-1) for the ninth time on Dance Club Songs with “Aftermath (Here We Go),” featuring Erasure’s Andy Bell. The track is the first solo No. 1 for Bell, who rang up two No. 1s as part of Erasure in 1985 and 2007.
Aude exclusively tells Billboard that Bell is his “favorite vocalist of all time” and that “it has been pure magic every time we get together in the studio,” promising more tracks to come. In addition to Aude’s own versions of the song, remixes from Ralphi Rosario, Denzal Park, and Ikon, among others, aided “Aftermath” in its race to the top. Not to be overlooked, the track climbs a couple of spots on the hybrid chart Hot Dance/Electronic Songs as well (29-27).