AFX (Aphex Twin) Arrives at No. 1 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums
AFX anchors himself at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (dated Sept. 12) with Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-08. The set begins with 2,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music.
Although the first album to chart under the AFX billing, it's the fifth top 10 and third consecutive No. 1 for Richard David James, best known as Aphex Twin. That act's album Syro won this year's best dance/electronic album Grammy Award. Orphaned Deejay is a hardcore techno work, filled with eight instrumental, largely noncommercial, beat-driven tracks, many with eclectic titles; for example, there's a cut titled "midi pipe1c sds3time cube/klonedrm."
FROM AFX TO AVB: Staying with Top Dance/Electronic Albums, Armin van Buuren barrels in with his 24th charted title, A State of Trance at Ushuaia, Ibiza 2015 (No. 15, 1,000 sold). The trance king's latest entry extends his record for the most charted sets since the list's June 30, 2001 premiere. Tiesto follows with 20 charted albums.
Van Buuren's hit with fellow Dutchman Mr. Probz, "Another You," sits at No. 9 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, in its 13th consecutive week in the top 10, after reaching No. 6.
Also on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Tritonal & Cash Cash command a four-slot move into the top 10 with "Untouchable" (14-10). It's the third top 10 each for the trance duo and the pop/EDM act.
RUFUS REMADE: Heading over to Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, German trop-house DJ Felix Jaehn fetches his first top 10 with his first chart entry as an artist, "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" (11-10), featuring Jasmine Thompson. Jaehn, also known for his remix of OMI's six-week Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Cheerleader," puts a smooth, summery spin on the Rufus classic, which has endured as one of featured vocalist Chaka Khan's most famous songs. The original "Ain't Nobody" reached No. 22 on the Hot 100 and No. 6 on Dance Club Songs in 1983.
The new "Ain't Nobody" also marks the first Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10 for featured vocalist Thompson. She also sang on "Sun Goes Down" by Robin Schulz (No. 21, December), who previously gained acclaim for his soft-yet-uptempo, radio-ready remix of Mr. Probz's 11-week No.1 "Waves" last year.
IT'S A SUNSHINE WEEK: On Dance Club Songs, as previously reported, Demi Lovato reigns with "Cool for the Summer" (5-1).
Also on the survey, dance icons KC and the Sunshine Band reach the top 30 (32-30) with "I Love You More," the act's first song to chart since 1984. Lead singer Harry Wayne "KC" Casey and the Florida-based Sunshine Band climb thanks to a range of remixes, including from Tony Moran & Mike Lorello, Ralphi Rosario and Dave Aude.
The act topped the Hot 100 five times in 1975-80 with the classics "Get Down Tonight," "That's The Way (I Like It)," "(Shake, Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty," "I'm Your Boogie Man" and "Please Don't Go." KC added the solo hits "Yes, I'm Ready" (billed to Teri Rosario featuring KC; No. 2, 1980) and "Give It Up" (No. 18, 1984).