Daft Punk are reportedly set to headline Glastonbury Festival next year as the electronic duo are set to take a one-year hiatus in 2018.
Daft Punk are reportedly set to headline Glastonbury Festival next year.
The French electronic music duo - which is made up of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter - are rumoured to helm the annual music extravaganza, which will take place at Worthy Farm in Somerset, South West England, in 2017.
Although the group have not confirmed this, there is growing speculation they band will perform because traditionally they perform live every 10 years and they will be taking a one-year hiatus in 2018.
Continue reading: Daft Punk Are Rumoured To Headline Glastonbury Festival 2017
The revived format has enjoyed a renewed interest lately.
Annual sales of vinyl LPs has benefitted from a surge in sales in the past year, pushing the sales of records over the half million mark for the first time since 2003, reports The Independent. The regrowth in the popularity of the retro format is being attributed largely to releases from UK rockers Arctic Monkeys and French electronic act Daft Punk.
Arctic Monkeys Have Helped Vinyl Sales Recover.
"The LP is back in the groove," says Geoff Taylor - the chief executive of the BPI (British Phonographic Industry). "We're witnessing a renaissance for records - they're no longer retromania and are becoming the format of choice for more and more music fans. This year has been a treat for vinyl aficionados with releases from Daft Punk, David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys and Black Sabbath."
'AM" shot straight to the top of the album charts after shifting more than 157,000 units in it's first week
The Arctic Monkeys have done it again! Their fifth album to date has entered the chart at number one after a strong week of sales since last week's release, with AM racking up more than 157,000 in sold units in only a few days. What's more, the band have made history by being the first indie band to achieve the feat of earning five No. 1 albums back-to-back, making the feat all the more impressive.
The Arctics have assumed their place among rock royalty
AM, which was released via Domino Record on Monday, 9 September, is now the second most successful album of 2013 in terms of units sold in the first week. It sits behind only Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, which sold more than 165,000 copies during its first week of release in May, according to the Official Charts Company. The Sheffield band's fifth number one entry is also frontman Alex Turner's sixth number one entry, after his cinematic side project The Last Shadow Puppets topped the charts at the first time of asking with 2008's The Age of the Understatement.
Continue reading: Arctic Monkeys Make History With Their Fifth Consecutive Number One
Who can resist a choreographed routine on skates?
Stephen Colbert’s political satire might be top notch, but his dance skills are not to be overestimated. Last night, the Colbert Report host strapped on a pair of roller skates and boogied down to the sound of 'Get Lucky' – the Daft Punk/Pharrell Williams hit that’s become the inescapable soundtrack to this summer. The, um, energetic performance served as the kickoff for Colbert’s summer series of concerts or “StePhest Colbchella ‘013” – it’s what the cool kids call it.
Who knew Colbert posessed such hidden talents?
But, of course, the host dancing all by himself would have been a bit sad, so instead he brought in some friends – Hugh Laurie, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and even Colbert’s former colleague, Jon Stewart – still on leave from The Daily Show – joined in with some tight moves. Colbert’s moves turned out to be too much for the Colbert Report studio, so the shenanigans infiltrated the America’s Got Talent stage and even an interview with Bryan Cranston and the rest of the Breaking Bad cast – at which point Cranston simply joined in for an amazing 70s themed dance routine. We couldn’t do it justice. Just watch the video:
Who are the best new bands to see at Lollapalooza 2013?
You, being a seasoned festival-goer, will know that it’s Lollapalooza 2013 in Chicago’s Grant Park this weekend (August 2 – 4, 2013), which promises to play host to some of the biggest acts in the world as well as showcasing the most exciting and innovate new bands on the planet. And that’s what we’re here to concentrate on: the young, fresh and ready to impress.
It seems a long, long time since Disclosure’s first single Offline Dexterity, though the British electronic duo have gone from strength to strength in recent years and finally released their debut album, Settle, on PMR Records on June 2, 2013.It was met with both commercial and critical success, including a score of 9.1 from the notoriously picky musos at Pitchfork – no mean feat.
Sure, we’d rather see Disclosure in a club - perhaps in the early hours of the morning – though Lollapalooza-goers will have to settle for 6pm at The Grove, on Friday (August 2, 2013). Saying that, both Guy and Howard will be DJ’ing at The Mid club in Chicago’s West Town from 10pm on Friday.
Continue reading: Lollapalooza 2013: The Best New Bands Worth Checking Out
Jay-Z scored his first UK No.1 with Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Incredibly, Jay-Z has landed his first ever UK number one album, with Magna Carta Holy Grail storming the chart and holding off Mumford & Sons and Rod Stewart. The rapper's previous highest-charting album was the 2011 collaborate effort with Kanye West, Watch the Throne, which entered at No.3.
Holy Grail managed to hold off Mumford & Sons' Babel despite a surge in sales following the group's triumphant headlining show at the Glastonbury Festival. Jay-Z also comfortably outsold Rod Stewart's number-one album Time. Passenger took the third spot with All The Little Light, with Canadian crooner Michael Buble dropped two places to No.4 with To Be Loved.
Jay-Z has been performing in the UK this weekend, headlining the second night of the Wireless music festival at the Queen Elizabeth Park on the former Olympics site. "I feel the love tonight," Jay-Z, 43, told the crowd, "You've been an incredible audience tonight." The rapper - still one of the biggest hip-hop acts in the world - was joined by Timberlake during the encore for a rendition of Holy Grail.
Continue reading: Q. How Many UK No.1's Does Jay-Z Have? A. Less Than You Think
Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' is dominating the singles chart in the U.S.
'Blurred Lines,' Robin Thicke's huge breakout hit featuring that T.I. and Pharrell Williams, has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the fifth week. The track also spends a sixth week at No.1 on the Digital Songs chart, selling 423,000 downloads - equalling last week's total and bettering the previous week's 423,000.
'Lines' is only the second song to sell at least 400,000 downloads in three tracking weeks, joining Gotye's massive hit 'Somebody That I Used To Know' featuring Kimbra, which reached the mark on charts dated April 28, May 5 and May 12, 2012, according to Billboard.com.
'Blurred Lines' has now sold 2.4 million copies date, though concerns still remain over the song's controversial video featuring various well-known models parading around nude while Thicke stands around in a suit.
Daft Punk will collaborate with Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers who helped make 'Get Lucky' track the hit of summer 2013.
Prior to the release of French electronic duo Daft Punk's latest album, Random Access Memories, few could have forecasted the unprecedented success of lead single 'Get Lucky' with over one million copies of the single sold since its release in April making the disco knee-jiggling track the year's UK bestseller and the most streamed Spotify track in 24 hours in history. Such was the hit power of 'Get Lucky' that Durex, inspired by the song title and subject matter, created a new line of 'Get Lucky' condoms featuring the band on the packet and a Japanese toy company unveiled a line of mini robo action figures of Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter (AKA Daft Punk).
Daft Punk Have Always Hid Their Indetities Under Robot Masks.
Now, spurred on by the worldwide enthusiasm for their new disco-electronic sound, it has been revealed that Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers will work with Daft Punk once again in an exciting new project that plans to release previously unheard Chic master in his interview on DJAZZ.tv whilst at the Jazz à Vienne Festival 2013. The guitarist and producer explains how he came across some old Chic material in record label Warner's tape library: "I found in the Warner tape library some old, unreleased Chic masters that didn't belong to them that were in boxes that said Chic. But when you opened them up they had Johnny Mathis inside, my film scores, they had Nile Rodgers solo tracks, they had Chic tracks that were not designed for any project except for the guys working with me writing songs. So I'm going to finish that, and this is an exclusive: Daft Punk want to do at least one of them with me, because they respect the music; they understand."
Will Daft Punk make a surprise appearance?
Daft Punk might have the most successful single of the year, having recently hit the billion mark on sales for Get Lucky, but the band remains as mysterious as ever. Case in point: Glastonbury. Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have not announced any tour dates following the release of Random Access Memories. Surely that’s impossible though, they have to promote the album somehow.
The robots at Glasto?
This seems to match up with bookies’ line of reasoning. Currently, the odds for the duo making a surprise appearance at the festival (which kicks off today) are set at 6/4, according to NME. For reference, the odds for Beady Eye (5/1), David Bowie (6/1) and Queens of the Stone Age (10/1) are also pretty high.
It isn't as good as the original, but the President's rendition of 'Get Lucky' is worth a listen
Viral videos featuring Barack Obama in some capacity rarely go by without a few 100,000 views at the very least, and one of the most recent videos to feature the President of the United States of America is a musical number that looks to continue this trend of exploiting Barack's popularity.
The YouTube channel Baracksdubs uploaded a video of the President 'singing' his own version of Daft Punk' 'Get Lucky,' mashing up speeches and audio clips from the President to recreate the opening verse and first chorus of the hit song by the French duo. Unoriginal; yes, but entertaining; you better believe it!
Baracksdubs have previously mashed up Barack's past statements to make 'Barack Obama Singing Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen' and 'Barack Obama Singing Can’t Touch This by M.C. Hammer,' but his version of 'Get Lucky' might be the best yet. What's more, the video also features clips from Barack's hilarious White House Correspondents' Association dinner video, in which the president pretends to be method actor Daniel Day-Lewis portraying the president for a Steven Spielberg-directed biopic.
Continue reading: Barack Obama's Version Of 'Get Lucky' Is An Internet Smash
Kanye West's new album has been leaked online days before its scheduled release, yet the thirty-six year old artist appears to be completely unconcerned.
Kanye West has had a turbulent few months. Amidst allegations of infidelity and the early birth of his daughter with Kim Kardashian, the Hip Hop star has had to deal with the betrayal of an unknown source, possibly from within his record company Def Jam. West's latest album, Yeezus, due to be released in the US on Tuesday (18th June) has been leaked online. The culprit is currently unknown and with so many people involved in all aspects of the albums production will be difficult to track down.
West's reaction to this, according to TMZ, has been somewhat blasé. This should come as a surprise for anyone considering the amount of time and effort which goes into making an album. However, when we think of all the personal issues West has dealt with, the early 'release' of his album will hardly be his primary concern.
Leaking an unreleased and highly anticipated album is not a new phenomenon. Earlier this year Daft Punk's album Random Access Memories was leaked whilst West's last album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy suffered the same fate. The hype surrounding the album has only been intensified by the leak, could this be a clever ploy on behalf of the record company to get West in the headlines?
French duo snapped playing beer pong
Who wants to know what Daft Punk look like without their helmets on? Not many of you probably because there have been plenty of pictures of the French duo in the past without their robot head gear on. We mean, do you really think that they wear those things 24 hours a day 7 days week? Think of the smell that would build up? We presume they sweat like any other human being.
Nevertheless, in what apparently constitutes as news, it would appear that the electro icons have been pictures – again – without their hats on. Electronic music duo The Knocks were, um, knocking about with Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter at the office of their record label, Columbia, and they took a picture of the pair enjoying some down time and playing beer pong. Great craic. However, they realised that Daft Punk have kind of made it their ‘thing’ to only be photo’d wearing their robot headgear and so swiftly deleted the pic from Twitter where they’d posted it, and commented "GUESS WE WEREN'T SUPPOSED TO POST THAT PIC :X"
Unfortunately for them someone had saved the image and now Gawker have posted it which means that it might as well be on big billboards all over the place really. So what do they look like then? Two pretty normal French dudes of course. What did you expect?
Continue reading: Snappers Get Lucky With Unmasked Daft Punk Picture!
The robots are seeing an overwhelming response to their latest album throughout the globe.
To say that Random Access Memories, the fourth studio album from French electronic pioneers Daft Punk, is turning out to be the band's most successful release to date would be something of an understatement. Over the weekend the album has added at least two more titles to it's plethora of records, including fastest selling album of 2013 and most streamed album on Spotify.
Despite already spawning their most successful single to date, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter got to watch their album shift 165,000 copies in the United Kingdom over the course of last week, making it the fastest selling album of the year so far.
The album sits proudly atop the UK Album Chart despite new releases from The National, 30 Seconds To Mars, Texas and Demi Lovato, looking as though it will take some beating to make it's achievements look any less impressive. It isn't just the U.K. where the album has seen success though, scoring similar results in Australia; where it achieved platinum certification almost immediately thanks to strong pre-order sales and currently stands as the years most successful release down under. In America, the album has only had the weekend to perform in, but is already expected to become one of the most successful albums in the Billboard Album Charts this year.
Continue reading: Daft Punk's Random Access Memories Keeps On Setting New Records
It's the comeback you've all been waiting for folks...
There have been plenty of music comebacks this year, from David Bowie to Justin Timberlake to Daft Punk. But we all know the one you’ve really been waiting for, don’t we? It’s Paris Hilton of course! Tragically MIA from the music industry since her 2006 debut LP Paris (which, we were shocked to re-discover, went to number six on the Billboard charts and sold around 200,000 copies in the States,) she’s confirmed that she’s back in the music making game! And has signed a record deal with, um, a hip hop label!
Showbiz411 first reported the story, Paris is apparently already recording her second album and is putting it out on the world famous rap label CashMoney! And Lil Wayne’s possibly going to be one it! So does that mean that the multi-millionaire heiress is going to be spitting some mad rhymes on her forthcoming material? Not quite, though she insists that it will be a markedly different sound from her previous record. We can’t remember what her previous sound was, so we’re just going to nod blindly in agreement with her.
“This is a lot different than my first album,” Paris Showbiz 411. “It’s really going to be house music.” Sounds great! Perhaps. Ever the business woman, Hilton also revealed she was back at work on her fragrance ranges. “I’m getting ready to launch my 17th perfume,” she said. “And I’m also starting the Paris Hilton Foundation for children’s causes.”
Continue reading: Paris Hilton Recording Her First New Album In 7 Years...With Lil Wayne?
Daft Punk are on-course to break Oasis' record for the fastest selling album in British music history.
Daft Punk star Thomas Bangalter has revealed how the dance duo's anonymity once backfired when a man ran up a huge bar tab in Ibiza. The dance icons' alter-egos have enabled them to keep their identities masked since their debut album Homework, though it hasn't always helped the group.
"One thing I like about the masks is that I don't have people constantly coming up to me and reminding me what I do," Bangalter told Rolling Stone. "It's nice to be able to forget, but there are occasional downsides. Several years ago in Ibiza some guy ran up exorbitant bar tabs at clubs while claiming to be me." The pair had previously revealed how their anonymity resulted in touts trying to sell them tickets to their own show at London's Astoria in 1997.
Daft Punk returned with their No.1 single 'Get Lucky' earlier this year, which surpassed the 500,000 sales mark last week. Their new album Random Access Memories is set to break Oasis' record for the fastest-selling album in UK chart history. The Manchester band sold 650,000 copies of their record in its first week of sales in 1997 though bookmakers are offering odds of just 4/5 that the French dance icons break that record.
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Plus, Taylor Swift scoops eight Billboard Awards and Stevie Wonder closes Hangout in style in our weekly round-up...
This Week In Albums... There was only album anyone was really talking about wasn't there? Daft Punk's much anticipated fourth LP Random Access Memories was streamed early after it leaked on the internet allowing the world's media their chance to get in quick with their gut-check reactions. Our man Joe Wilde was a little more reflective in his assessments though, and found much to love about the French duo's comeback - even if hasn't ended up being the classic that so many people were hoping for. He wrote: "Guy-Manuel and Thomas are perfectionists in every sense, and whilst the album itself isn't a perfect listen, it is still a thoroughly rewarding and worthwhile one; and what more could we and the robots have asked for?"
There were some other much-vaunted French types releasing their comeback album this Spring too; it's a case of if it ain't broke don't fix it for Phoenix. Hoewever that means we once again get an LP of intelligent pop that's as catchy as it is inventive. Jim Pusey found it to be an enjoyable listen, although he felt it lacked something that its mainstream-breaking predecessor Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix had; he commented "There's much here to like, but it lacks some of the charm that made Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix quite so endearing."
The mystery pair have done it again
Random Access Memories hasn’t just been Daft Punk’s most eagerly awaited album; it’s been the most eagerly awaited album of this decade AND last decade. It came from nowhere – a cleverly placed exclusive at Coachella, revealing a snippet of the new single and Pharrell Williams’ inclusion.
Daft Punk performing in Sydney, Australia
Daft Punk recently admitted that they were a little surprised by the furore surrounding their fourth album, Random Access Memories, confessing that they are struggling to come to terms the huge anticipation surrounding RAM. Speaking as a long-time fan, I can concur with this confusion, after all, where was it when the band brought out the Tron Legacy O.S.T. or Alive? If memory serves right, it wasn't even around when the duo brought out Human After All in 2005. Either way, the French electronic duo's new release is now one of the biggest moments of 2013 and although the duo are quietly confident in their work, an artist's confidence doesn't always translate into a pleasant listen for the rest of us.
This review doesn't need to talk about first single 'Get Lucky' too much, we've all heard it and we all know that it's an instant classic. The vivacious disco-funk single doesn't come until after the halfway point in the album though, and this effervescent tone isn't really felt on the album until the few tracks before 'Get Lucky' kick in. Ok, album opener 'Give Life Back To Music' contains all the buoyancy of a million disco classics, but the immediate aftermath is a much slower progression, only gradually building until we reach the foot-tappingly good mid-section of the album, where we really begin to hear those sought after disco grooves. The album often drifts in and out of joy and melancholy, and 'Give Life Back To Music' carries both exuberance and a sense of despondency, the closing bars before the song changes to 'Game Of Love,' retaining an inherent sense of sadness, perhaps directed towards the duo's longing for the era where disco reigned supreme, and where their sound was moulded from.
'Game of Love' has all the makings of a brilliant heartbreak ballad, comparing with past tracks 'Something About Us' from their brilliant 2001 album Discovery. But in terms of despondency, the Chilly Gonzalez collaboration 'Within' really stands out as the most heartbreaking track. The opening lines 'There are so many things that I don't understand/there's a world within me that I cannot explain' could stand for so many things, but these 'things' and this 'world' sound as though they are steeped in nostalgia. Daft Punk may be robots, but they are robots with heart.
Continue reading: Daft Punk - Random Access Memories Album Review
Daft Punk have put Random Access Memories up to stream on iTunes a week early
It's time to get lucky Daft Punk fans because the French electronic duo have made their long-awaited new album, RAM (Random Access Memories), available to stream, for free, on the iTunes store right now! The album will officially be released on May 20, so there's more than enough time to try before you buy.
The band have been hard at work on their fourth proper album since working on the soundtrack for Tron: Legacy in 2010 and have recently been teasing fans with glimpses of the new release, beginning with a short commercial promoting the album during an airing of Saturday Night Live earlier this year. Following this, the band performed a number of live shows, including a headlining spot at Coachella, and released the first single from the album, 'Get Lucky', featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rogers. But now is the time we've all been waiting for, time to listen to the album in full!
Daft Punk are back!
Continue reading: Daft Punk Begin Streaming 'RAM' For Free On ITunes Right Now
London folk duo record cover of Daft Punk's new hit
The London based folk band Daughter have covered Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky,’ lending the French duo’s record breaking disco track a sultry, mellow number, with Elena’s distinctive laid-back vocals providing a neat counterpoint to Pharrell’s, from the original. The track was broadcast first on Saturday (April 27, 2013), a day before Daft Punk hit the number one spot with the track; hardly a surprise after it reached number there last week, after just 48 hours of being on sale.
Prior to the release of ‘Get Lucky,’ Daft Punk’s highest charting track had been ‘One More Time,’ which reached number two back in 2000. The track broke records on Spotify, too, where it broke the record for the highest number of plays in a single day, in the US and the UK. Previously the record had been held by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in the US and Bastille in the UK. In the official UK charts this week, Daft Punk knocked Rudimental off the top spot, down to number two, with Justin Bieber and Will.i.am’s collaboration at three.
Daft Punk (2007): less robot, more disco, these days...
Continue reading: Have Daughter Just Made Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' Even Better?
Daft Punk have scored their first UK Number One single, with the disco floor-filler 'Get Lucky' doing the business for the French duo.
Daft Punk's infectious comeback single 'Get Lucky' has shot to the top of the UK Singles Chart over the weekend, with the Pharrell Williams and Nile Rogers-featuring track scoring a first number one hit for the French duo this side of the English Chanel. The reincarnated French maestro's chart success comes eight years since their last chart entry, and is their highest position to date, with their previous best effort 'One More Time' reaching the number two spot in 2000.
It only took a week for the foot-tapping disco-revival track to climb to the top of the charts, with the single entring the chart at number three last wek despite only being available for little over 24-hours. During that 24-hour gap, Spotify announced that 'Get Lucky' had become the most streamed song in the UK and the US over a 24-hour period in the company's five-year history. The streaming service predicts that the band's comeback album, Random Access Memories, will mirror this anticipation and turn out to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, streams of the year when it is released on 20 May (UK).
Daft Punk's return is already a triumphant one, ahead of album release
Daft Punk’s highly awaited return has been a successful one, with their latest track ‘Get Lucky'; doing just that, in terms of Spotify plays. The online music streaming service have announced that the track broke the record for the highest number of plays in a day, both in the US and the UK. They would not, however, release the actual totals, so we’re left guessing as to the true scale of their popularity amongst the service’s users. In the US, the record was previously held by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘Thrift Shop’ and in the UK, Bastille’s song ‘Pompeii’ had taken the crown.
‘Get Lucky’ is the first song to be officially released from the French duo’s forthcoming album Random Access Memories – their first studio album in seven years, though they have released the Tron soundtrack and a live album in that time. It not only features superstar rapper and producer Pharrell Williams on vocals but also a guitar contribution from Chic legend Nile Rogers. Other collaborators on the album include electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Todd Edwards and Panda Bear.
Random Access Memories is scheduled for release on May 21. The response to the single has been overwhelmingly positive, as reflected in the track’s popularity on Spotify’s online streaming service.
Continue reading: 'Get Lucky' Gets Lucky As Daft Punk Break Spotify Record
Not only did Daft Punk rock Coachella, apparently they rocked Spotify too.
The French electronic duo Daft Punk set a record this week with their newest single “Get Lucky”.
The track, which was released as a teaser of the band’s upcoming album, Random Access Memories, due to be released on May 21st, had the biggest streaming day on music service Spotify last Friday, the company reports, although it wouldn’t give the exact number of streams. The previous holder of the record was Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, which became an internet sensation earlier this year.
Daft Punk’s Get Lucky features rapper/producer Pharrell Williams and the album “Random Access Memories” will reportedly yield some additional exciting collaborations, including ones with including Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas, Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox, Giorgio Moroder, Todd Edwards, DJ Falcon, Academy Award-winning musician Paul Williams and Chilly Gonzales. Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter have been busy performing and promoting the album ahead of its release, most recently playing a set at the infamous Coachella Music Festival. The official album release party is going to be held in a somewhat odd location though – an agricultural show in Wee Waa, Australia. Hey, we’re not questioning their methods, whatever they’re doing seems to be working out pretty well.
Continue reading: Daft Punk Sets Record For Spotify Plays With New Single "Get Lucky"
Listen to the new Daft Punk track, a belated disco classic?
The world has gone Daft Punk crazy this week. Their track ‘Get Lucky,’ featuring Pharrell and Nile Rodgers was debuted online and it’s gone down pretty well with most DP fans and reviewers. The vocals are unmistakeably Pharrell’s. The guitar riff is unmistakeably Nile’s. ‘Get Lucky’ is a lighter approach to the dance floor than we’re used to from Daft Punk, though (perhaps we’re just not playing it loud enough) as the French duo seem to be taking a more light-footed approach to the dance-floor.
The Guardian describes the track as having “a sort of all-encompassing timelessness to it – the sort of song that could work in a club and at a wedding reception… Get Lucky eschews the crunching electronics of their last album and the vocoder-lead future-disco of Discovery in favour of lithe "funk grooves" (apologies) that seem to have been transported directly from an underlit 70s dancefloor.” Channeling the essence of 70s disco, ‘Get Lucky’ is heavily indebted to Nile Rodgers’ contribution, though Pharrell’s vocal gives it a modern edge.
The track has been officially released on iTunes, ahead of their cleverly-marketed album, Random Access Memories, which is scheduled for release on May 20, 2013. The duo have drafted in even more collaborators for the rest of the album, NME reports, including Giorgio Moroder, Panda Bear, Chilly Gonzales and Todd Edwards.
It was an unexpected collaboration, but Phoenix and R Kelly rocked Coachella none the less.
Coachella is pretty much in full swing now and one of the headlining acts this year is the French indie rock band Phoenix.
The Grammy award-winning band were joined onstage by none other than R&B singer R Kelly. Unfortunately, the rumors that Phoenix would perform with electro duo Daft Punk didn’t prove true, but there was still a lot to enjoy in their set. The Californian festival stage saw the band perform some of their older music, as well as new songs, which will be featured on their upcoming album, “Bankrupt”, due for release on April 22nd. The tracks, "Entertainment" and "The Real Thing" were instant hits, but the band also played some old favorites, including "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix", such as "Lisztomania" and "Fences".
R Kelly’s appearance was the surprise of the show, especially since the crowd was expecting a collaboration with Daft Punk. The rapper performed a mashup of his “Ignition” with Phoenix’s “1901”. This is the band’s first time headlining Coachella, after they appeared at the festival twice before. "Our vision of Coachella is that you can never be medium. It's either fantastic or a big catastrophe, we don't like medium things. For us, it's always been an extreme experience. The first time we played was our worst show ever, and the second time was one of our best shows ever, it's either a huge failure or success," Mazzalai told Reuters ahead of the band's set.
Continue reading: Phoenix And R Kelly, Not Daft Punk, Rock Coachella
The debut date of Daft Punk's new record is set, but the location is a bit... daft.
Daft Punk will finally be premiering their newest, highly anticipated album, Random Access Memories.
We bet you never would have guessed that they’d do it at the Wee Waa Agricultural Show though. That’s in New South Wales. That’s in Australia, if you were wondering. Random couldn’t be more appropriate. The official release date for the album is May 21st, but on the 17th Wee Waa will host a playback of the record for the global launch party. With just 4000 tickets going on sale on the Crossing Theatre website, the event will be pretty exclusive. Well, so we assume.
The tickets will go on sale on April 12th and members of the Wee Waa Show Society will have guaranteed tickets. Additionally, for the ticket price, the lucky fans will also have the opportunity to enjoy "typical Australian country show entertainment, including the pet show, dog high jump, showgirl competition, cross cut saw competition, fireworks and much more," per the event site. It does sound very tempting.
Continue reading: Agricultural Fair In Rural Australia To Host Daft Punk's Album Reveal
Chic legend discusses French duo's comeback
Daft Punk announced official details of their long-awaited comeback album over the weekend, and with the knowledge that Chic founder and legendary guitarist Nile Rodgers was on it, the press were keen to get his thoughts on the creative process that had gone with the French duo on LP Random Access Memories.
The Guardian reports that Daft Punk launched a new website at the weekend which revealed the album artwork, the title and the release date – May 20th. Exciting stuff! The pair haven’t released an LP since 2005’s Human After All, but as one of the most influential dance acts of the last 20 years, anticipation for them to return has been fierce. If Nile Rodgers is to be taken at his word – and he’s a pretty reliable fellow – then the wait is going to be well worth it. "About a year ago, I get a knock on the door – first a virtual one and then a real knock – from Guy-Manuel and Thomas” he told Rolling Stone magazine, continuing, “The collaboration felt so unbelievably natural that it made me realise that I need to be in the studio with people. I love partnering with people. And then from that moment, a windfall of recording started happening. I just started going in with whomever I could."
Continue reading: Daft Punk Confirm Details For New LP 'Random Access Memories'
15 second clip airs on American TV
Daft Punk are back! Possibly? The mysterious French electro act, who have been dormant album-wise since 2005’s Only Human, appeared out of the blue during an advert break for Saturday Night Live at the weekend, fueling speculation that the duo were previewing new material from their alleged new album.
Daft Punk’s canon may be limited – three albums between 1997 and 2005 – but their influence on dance music cannot be done justice with words, the group’s futuristic house sounds that appeared on the 1997’s Home influencing a huge number of movements within electronic music for the next decade and beyond. Amid reports they're returning in 2013, a short, 15 second clip featuring nothing than the iconic Daft Punk logo and the pair’s famous headwear appeared in the middle of the SNL broadcast, with a short, funky loop playing in the background. Was this new music? And if so what does it mean? Will it be on the new album, supposedly out in May? What about the direction it could mean for them? The clip is certainly less dancefloor driven than some of their previous material, though there’s plenty of energy in its bouncy motif.
One thing that does seem apparently confirmed from it, is that Chic’s legendary guitarist Nile Rodgers might well have played the hook on it, the axe-man re-tweeting several people who’d suggested that it was in fact him. So when can we expect a more thorough preview of the new album? We know they signed a deal with Columbia Records in January, but is all this just setting more questions up about the pair? Most likely yes.
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Daft Punk are back at last, with their first studio album in eight years due to be released in May 2013. The French electronic dance duo, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have signed a new recording deal with the Sony-owned Columbia label, according to The Guardian. This will be the fourth studio album from Daft Punk. Their last, Human After All was released in 2005, though they also created the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy in 2010.
So far, the details of the fourth album are limited but one thing seems to be certain: anyone expecting to see Daft Punk touring in support of the album is likely to be disappointed. There were rumors flying around that they would headline one of the days at Coachella. That proved unfounded, with the Coachella line-up now announced and not including the French dance act. BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank – who also curates Bestival on the Isle of Wight – has revealed that he was told Daft Punk would not be touring in 2013. The last time they played the UK was in 2007, at the Wireless festival.
What is known about Daft Punk’s movements in this lengthy gap between releases is that they have been collaborating with the likes of Chic’s Nile Rogers, Feist collaborator Chilly Gonzales and Animal Collective’s Panda Bear. They’re also said to have been working with the legendary disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, though it’s unclear how much of the material they’ve worked on over the last few years will actually make it onto the 2013 album release. Mystery may shroud this Daft Punk release but word of its arrival is still bug news for Daft Punk fans. The wait is finally over.
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They started out like Romeo and Juliet, but it ended up in tragedy. The words of Milhouse from The Simpsons will ring in the ears of anyone listening to Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy soundtrack. On the one hand, you have an extremely talented dance duo obsessed with the early eighties, retro-futurism, science fiction, and computers. On the other, you have the sequel to a fondly remembered early eighties science fiction film set inside a computer. They're made for each other. Their union, however, is disappointing.
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