After nearly a 13-year wait, Aphex Twin returns with its first full-length album since 2001, Syro. The album debuts at No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums and No. 11 on the Billboard 200, selling 23,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It's the best sales week ever for the act, and by far its best chart position on the Billboard 200, surpassing the No. 154 peak of Drukqs in 2001 (its last full-length studio set). (In between, Aphex Twin, aka, Richard David James, reached No. 3 on Dance/Electronic Albums with 26 Mixes for Cash in 2003.)
The new album performed particularly well on vinyl, as 22 percent of its first-week sales were on LP. That 5,000-unit figure also lands Syro the No. 1 spot on the Vinyl Albums chart -- and the largest sales week in 2014 for a dance/electronic album on vinyl.
Fellow venerable dance act Erasure starts at No. 2 on Dance/Electronic Albums with The Violet Flame (7,000 sold). On the Billboard 200, the electronic/pop duo claims its highest-charting set (No. 48) since 1997's Cowboy debuted and peaked at No. 43. The pair last impacted Dance/Electronic Albums with 2011's No. 6-peaking Tomorrow's World.
"The tunes just came out," Andy Bell, Vince Clarke's partner in Erasure, says of the new album. "This time, it was off the top of the head. All that we said was that we'd like to make an uptempo dance record. And that's how it came out."
Over on the Dance Club Songs chart, dancefloor veteran Inaya Day hits No. 1 for a fourth time, as the featured act on Lee Dagger's "Shelter Me" (2-1). It's Dagger's first No. 1.
Day's first credited chart entry was back in 2000, the No. 21-peaking "Feel It." She's also been heard as the uncredited vocalist on such tracks as Boris Dlugosch Presents Booom!'s club classic "Keep Pushin' " (No. 25 in 1996) and Mousse T. vs. Hot 'N' Juicy's "Horny" (No. 23, 1998).
Under her own name, Day has claimed 11 chart entries, including prior No. 1s "Can't Stop Dancin' " (2002), "Lift It Up" (2005) and "U Spin Me" (2007).