Daft Punk (formed 1993)
Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo that rose to fame in the late 1990s.
Formation: Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo met at Lycée Carnot secondary school, Paris, in 1987. They formed group Darlin' in 1992 with some school friends Laurent Brancowitz, Bangalter and Homem-Christo. The band chose to name themselves after a Beach Boys song, yet the indie rock trio's career was short. Melody Maker, a British music paper, described the band's music "daft punk" and thus Bangalter and de Homem-Christo had a new name.
Career: Daft Punk's career started out when they handed a demo tape to Stuart Macmillan from Slam and Soma Quality Recordings, while at a rave in the grounds of EuroDisney, Paris, in 1993. The tape went on to help their debut single, 'The New Wave', which was released in 1994. This was followed by 1995's 'Da Funk', which became their first real commercial success. This led to Daft Punk employing Pedro Winter (Busy P), a promoter of Hype nightclubs, as their manager. These two singles made it onto Daft Punk's debut studio album, 'Homework'. The album was considered to be an innovation in dance music due to a mix of electro, techno and house music. After their 'Around The World' single became a huge success, renowned directors like Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze and Roman Coppola signed on to direct their music videos. These videos were later released as 'D.A.F.T. - A Story About Dogs, Androids, Firemen and Tomatoes'. In 2001, Daft Punk released 'Discovery', which went on to reach the number two spot in the UK charts. In 2003, Daft Punk produced a feature animation entitled '5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem'. The animation received an accompanying album, 'Daft Club', which was a collection of previously exclusive membership remixes. In 2005, they released 'Human After All' to mixed reviews. In the following year, Daft Punk released a CD / DVD anthology entitled 'Musique Vol. 1 1993-2005' which showed off new music videos. They also released 'Human After All: Remixes' and in May 2006, Daft Punk's first directed film, 'Daft Punk's Electroma' was released at the Cannes Film Festival. In February 2008, Daft Punk made an appearance at the 50th Grammy Awards, performing a reworking of 'Stronger' with Kanye West. In 2009, Daft Punk revealed that they were working on the score for 'Tron: Legacy', which would consist of 24 new tracks. After releasing the soundtrack, Daft Punk began working on their fourth studio album, 'Random Access Memories'. The album was released on 17th May 2013, and featured the phenomenal 19th April hit single 'Get Lucky', featuring Pharrell Williams. On 10th March 2014, a previously unreleased song named 'Computerized' was discovered online, featuring elements of the 'Tron: Legacy' soundtrack and vocals from Jay-Z.
The leaked song is thought to have been recorded before 'Random Access Memories.'
A new Daft Punk/Jay Z collaboration has leaked online and has sent fans into a whirlwind of curiosity regarding the origins of the song. 'Computerized' is a track that sounds more like the old, purely electro Daft Punk, with their vocoders and sterile synths, rather than their new disco direction, as heard on Random Access Memories.
A New Daft Punk & Jay Z Collaboration, 'Computerized,' Has Been Leaked Online.
It seems likely that the track was intended for 2010's Tron: Legacy franchise reboot, for which the French duo memorably provided the soundtrack, but 'Computerized' may have been one of the songs that didn't make Disney's final cut. The song was leaked by a Daft Punk fan on a message board and is said to be from "an old Disney project."
As streaming services take over, here's what you might not have heard about Spotify.
2014 is set to be the year of the music streaming services, with Dr Dre launching Beats and Google music continuing to grow, but Spotify is still the major player in the ever changing streaming game. With that in mind, here's 10 things you might not have known about Spotify.
1. Spotify is Swedish! Yes the music streaming service was the brainchild of swedish entrepreneurs Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon. They developed it in Stockholm in 2006 and its parent company Spotify Ltd now operates in London.
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A Motley Crue announcement, an out-of-this-world Grammys gig and an angry Quentin Tarantino: there wasn't a dull moment in the news this week.
Grammy Awards Glory: Last Sunday's Grammy Awards proved probably the most spectacular ceremony in living memory. The most enviable of all performance line-ups entertained a near-record 28.5 million viewers, with Madonna, Daft Punk, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers, Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Dave Grohl all showing off their skills.
As for the small matter of the actual awards, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the evening's big winners whilst newcomer Lorde picked up two gongs and Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Kacey Musgraves and Black Sabbath were also prominent victors. This, year, perfect pop princess Taylor Swift went home empty-handed, which made for some pretty funny videos.
The awards ceremony was itself a winner last night.
The 56th Grammy Awards has been rewarded for its monumental live performance line-up at last night's ceremony with the news that more people tuned in to catch the show than have done since 1993. The star-studded ceremony, which showcased talent including Daft Punk, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Nine Inch Nails, Sire Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and Madonna, proved to be its most successful in 21 years with 28.5 million viewers.
Daft Punk Took Home Five Grammys & Performed At The 2014 Grammys
This year's viewing figure, provided by the Nielsen Company via the AP, mark an increase on last year's 28.4 million watchers of the telecast beamed straight from Los Angeles' Staples Center. The Grammys reached nearly 40 million people during Adele's big year two years ago and reportedly hasn't been below 25 million since 2009.
If you've been paying any attention to the music industry lately, last night's Grammy awards held few surprises. Here are the highlights.
In what has to have been the most lively Grammy Awards ceremony in years, Daft Punk predictably went home with the top honors. The perennially silent robots won both Album of the Year for their Random Access Memories and Song of the Year, for the Pharell Williams collaboration Get Lucky. Taking the stage to accept the first award, the ever theatrically minded Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter kept mum, while collaborator and two-time Grammy award winner Paul Williams spoke for them. Opting for the classic “start with a joke” advice, Williams said: “Back when I was drinking and using, I used to imagine things that weren’t there… and then I got sober and two robots called me and asked me to make an album.”
The robots looked sharp on the red carpet - as sharp as anyone can, while wearing a blacked out helmet, that is.
Williams also expressed the robots’ pleasure at witnessing 33 same sex couples get married onstage to the tune of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Same Love earlier in the night: “All that love is fantastic.”
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