Daft Punk luck again: The fourth and final studio album by the French duo Random Access Memory returned to No. 1 spot in Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart, and currently sits at No. 8 on the all-genre Billboard 200.
Every Luminate, Random Access Memory saw a 1,046% spike in equivalent album units in the US, in the week ending May 18. The renewed buzz comes thanks to new Daft Punk 10th anniversary edition of the albumwhich has now spent a grand total of 22 weeks at No. Billboard added that since 2001, only six albums have spent more time at No. 1 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart — along with a gold medal to Lady Gaga’s 2008 album The Famewith 175 weeks above.
The re-release edition of Random Access Memory includes nine previously unreleased tracks, incl “Infinity Repeating (2013 Demo)” with Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, which Daft Punk shared with their latest music video earlier this month.
Daft Punk broke up in 2021 after almost three decades together. Founding member Thomas Bangalter gave a rare interview last month in which he offered a little more context on their breakup, who told the BBC: “The last thing I want, in the world we live in, in 2023, is a robot.” Fair point! In February, Bangalter – in human form – released his debut solo album, an orchestral project called Mythologies.
Editor’s note: Electronic musician Michaël Brun shares how the Discovery of Daft Punk changed his creative life in a recent episode of The Spark Parade.