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Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' Sets Record on Spotify

April 24, 2013 VIA

Daft Punk has set a record on Spotify.

The music service, which launched in 2008, says the French electronic duo's song "Get Lucky" had the biggest streaming day for a single track on Friday in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Spotify wouldn't release the number of streams.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" previously held the record for most streams in a day in the U.S. British band Bastille had the title in the United Kingdom with the song "Pompeii."

Daft Punk Releases Official 'Get Lucky' Single

Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" features rapper-producer Pharrell and influential producer/ guitarist Nile Rodgers. It's the first single from the group's fourth album, "Random Access Memories," due out May 21. Years of reports of the group's extensive collaborations for the new album -- from Rodgers and Williams to electronic pioneer Giorgio Moroder -- were confirmed with this week's release of the collection's track list, which also features the Strokes' Julian Casablancas, Paul Williams, Todd Edwards and Animal Collective's Panda Bear.

The album is the secretive act's first studio LP since 2005's "Human After All." Daft Punk has since released a live set, "Alive 2007," as well as the soundtrack to 2010's "TRON: Legacy." "Random Access Memories" is due May 21.

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Daft Punk's new single Get Lucky breaks Spotify record

April 23, 2013 VIA

Dance duo Daft Punk's first new single in eight years, Get Lucky, has broken Spotify streaming records.

The comeback, which features singer Pharrell Williams, had the biggest streaming day for a single track in the US and UK on the day of its release.

The Swedish online music site did not release the number of streams for the track which features on the DJs' new album, Random Access Memories.

Spotify's Will Hope said the album would be "the biggest" this year.

"There was never any doubt that the first original single from Daft Punk in years was going to be one of the biggest debut singles of 2013," the director of label relations said.

"We expect the album to become one of the biggest, if not the biggest, on Spotify this year," he added.

Daft Punk broke the one-day streaming record previously held by British band Bastille's single Pompeii in the UK.

Thrift Shop, a single by Seattle-based rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis, held the record in the US.

Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers features alongside Williams on Daft Punk's new disco inspired track.

The duo whose real names are Thomas Bangalter and Guy De Homem-Christo, told Rolling Stone magazine they hired "top-notch session players" to perform on the album.

Random Access Memories is Daft Punk's first studio album since 2005's Human After All, though the band scored the Tron: Legacy soundtrack in 2010.

They won a Grammy in 2009 for their live album, Alive 2007.

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First listen: Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky'

April 19, 2013 VIA

It's been eight years since Daft Punk's last album, seven since its last brain-melting performance at Coachella, and less than a week since the band's advertisement for the forthcoming "Random Access Memories" sent Indio-goers into a collective swoon. So after all that anticipation, the real star of its return single is...Nile Rodgers of Chic?

That's no knock on the song. The disco maven Rodgers offers up some seriously tasty funk licks on "Get Lucky," the retro-futurist track and first full cut from the album to emerge in the wild (and as of now, iTunes). But it does suggest the degree to which Daft Punk is curating as much as crafting "Random Access Memories."

The now public list of Daft Punk's album collaborators -- Rodgers, Pharrell Williams (who sings on the track), house producer Todd Edwards, Animal Collective's Panda Bear, "Rainbow Connection" songwriter Paul Williams and a whole flock of '70s and '80s session ninjas -- is formidable, and was perhaps cause for some fears of musical outsourcing. But "Get Lucky," which sort of debuted in pieces in a few well-placed TV and Web advertisements, shows just how deftly the French duo put all those pieces together.

Remarkably, it still sounds entirely like Daft Punk, even though the duo give the prime cuts of this tune to others. Rodgers is famous for his steamy guitar sound, a clean Fender played high on the neck with exacting syncopation. That tone is the heart of "Get Lucky," and it's kind of a fulfillment of the circle of life in dance music. Chic is the kind of group whose music Daft Punk might have sampled in the late '90s, and now that they're global megastars, why not hire the man himself?

Vocally, Pharrell Williams gives one of his more restrained performances, and his high falsetto timbre falls right in line with past Daft Punk vocalists and melody-men like Romanthony and Edwards. The lyrics are a goofy incantation of how Pharrell is taking to outer space to get laid, which is an excellent summary of Daft Punk's mission with this tune - lusty feelings with a license to time-travel.

But the more interesting thing is what the song's collaborative alchemy says about how Daft Punk works. Early interviews suggest that for the band, "Random Access Memories" was all about live instrumentation and re-creating the big-budget glory days of the disco, funk and rock studio heyday. Now that everything on pop radio and clubland sounds like their early '00s work, that's a perfectly contrarian move that few other acts could even attempt today (recording budget reasons above all).

But in a way, Daft Punk here is thinking more like classic house DJs than it ever has. It's taking the distinct sounds of others and positioning them to set a mood and emotion all their own.

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Daft Punk "Get Lucky" feat. Pharrell & Nile Rodgers Now on iTunes

1. Get Lucky (Radio Edit) [feat. Pharrell and Nile Rodgers] :: (4:07)
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"Random Access Memories" Album due out May 21, 2013

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Daft Punk Line Up

April 16, 2013 VIA

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April 16, 2013 VIA

Chic’s Nile Rodgers is the latest artist to receive the royal treatment on this new Creators Project documentary.

Following the revealing interviews with fellow Daft Punk collaborators Todd Edwards and Giorgio Moroder, Rodgers gives a warm look back on his life with Chic and also what it was like to work with Daft Punk on their forthcoming Random Access Memories. Claiming that the finished album gave him the same feeling as hearing Donna Summer’s ‘Love to Love You Baby’ for the first time, Rodgers also gives us a sneak peak into the album by playing a riff live.

Admittedly it’s not much, but at this point we’ll take what we can get since it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to get to Australia for the release party.

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Pharrell's Daft Punk Collabo Is 'From Another Dimension'


Apr 15 2013

Skateboard P details his involvement on Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' in new interview.

Daft Punk fans got their latest taste of Random Access Memories on Monday (April 15) thanks to an interview with producer Pharrell Williams, who is among the laundry list of artists who worked on the album.

The collabo list includes legendary names like Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, DJ Falcon and Julian Casablancas, and in the interview, Williams explains his role on the track "Get Lucky." Skateboard P originally met with the robots during a Madonna party, where he said he would do just about anything to get on the album, adding, "If you just want me to play a tambourine, I'll do it."

Eventually, they met up in Paris, and Pharrell told the robots he was in a "Nile Rodgers" sort of mood with his music. He was surprised to learn that the electronic duo had already recorded a Rodgers track on Memories, and thus "Get Lucky" began to gain steam. According to Pharrell, "It's crazy, because, you know, [we're] on two sides of the Atlantic, [and] we're in the same place." It was in these sessions in Paris that Williams laid down the vocals for the song.

Williams also gives some insight as to how much he enjoyed working with the duo and how pleased he is with the end result. "You don't need MDMA for this music, because it's so incredibly vivid," he said of the prevalent party drug. He added that the electronic duo can be so groundbreaking that "they are not bound by time and space."

Yes, Daft Punk Really Are Debuting Their Album In Wee Waa, Australia.

The interview is the fourth installment of Intel and Vice's "The Creator's Project," a Web series that profiles artists who worked on the album with the robotic duo. The first three episodes of "Creator's" centered on Moroder, Todd Edwards and Rodgers. The general tone of each episode is the new concepts and outside-the-box thinking that was employed during the production of Memories.

If this track and the Pharrell's enthusiasm is any indication, Daft Punk fans will certainly be in for a treat when the album is finally released.

You can look for Random Access Memories in stores May 21.

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Monday 15th April 2013

French duo Daft Punk unveil second track from new album

As if the Coachella video of Daft Punk and Pharrell's 'Get Lucky' wasn't enough, the French duo have premiered a teaser of another new track, 'Lose Yourself To Dance'. Listen below.

The track is the second collaboration with the NERD frontman and disco legend Nile Rogers, and follows 'Get Lucky' perfectly with its seventies guitar licks, provided by the Chic star. The 15-second snippet features a tiny extract of Pharrell's vocals and was once again premiered during Us TV show Saturday Night Live.

Daft Punk were one of the most talked about moments at this weekend's Coachella Festival - despite not performing at the US festival. The band premiered a 1.42minute video at the event and confirmed the full list of collaborators on their upcoming album, Random Access Memories. Appearing on the new album are: Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas, Todd Edwards, DJ Falcon, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Williams and Pharrell Williams.

Daft Punk have also confirmed the tracklisting for the new album, which is released in the UK on 20 May 2013. Check it out below.

1. 'Give Life Back to Music' (featuring Nile Rodgers)
2. 'The Game of Love'
3. 'Giorgio by Moroder' (featuring Giorgio Moroder)
4. 'Within' (featuring Chilly Gonzales)
5. 'Instant Crush' (featuring Julian Casablancas)
6. 'Lose Yourself to Dance' (featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
7. 'Touch' (featuring Paul Williams)
8. 'Get Lucky' (featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
9. 'Beyond'
10. 'Motherhood'
11. 'Fragments of Time' (featuring Todd Edwards)
12. 'Doin’ It Right' (featuring Panda Bear)
13. 'Contact' (featuring DJ Falcon)

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