Fact: Members of Russia's Ministry of Internal Affairs choir scored a highlight at the Opening Ceremony for the Sochi Games on Friday night (07Feb14) by performing an a capella version of Daft Punk's 2013 hit Get Lucky.
Fact: Get Lucky hitmakers Daft Punk have been tapped to perform at the upcoming Grammy Awards on 26 January (14). It will mark the French duo's first televised appearance since the same prizegiving in 2008. The dance act is up for five awards, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group performance.
Fact: Superproducer/singer Pharrell Williams honoured his dance collaborators Daft Punk with the Wall Street Journal Magazine's Innovator Award in New York on Wednesday (06Nov13), in recognition of their achievements in music. Presenting the prize to his masked pals, who wear robot helmets in public, he said, "I met these guys in the late '90s. It was amazing. Because they really are robots."
Fact: Electronic pop stars Daft Punk have unveiled their own line of action figures. The toy replicas of the helmeted pair will be sold separately and will be released in Japan and America later this year (13).
Fact: Michael Buble thrilled fans in London by performing a cover of Daft Punk hit Get Lucky during a show at the city's O2 Arena. The crooner kicked off a 10-night residency at the venue on Sunday night (30Jun13).
Fact: The new helmets Daft Punk stars Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo wear onstage and for promotional activities were made by special effects experts in Hollywood who are working on the new Spider-Man sequel.
Quote: "The 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. It's nice to be able to forget." Daft Punk star Thomas Bangalter likes to be anonymous when he's not recording or performing.
Fact: Daft Punk have smashed Mumford & SONS' Spotify.com record as the most-streamed album on the site. The French duo's hit Random Access Memories, which is topping charts around the world, has beaten the eight million first-week streams of Mumford & Sons' Babel last year (12).
Quote: "We're not performers, we're not models; it would not be enjoyable for humanity to see our features but the robots are exciting to people." Daft Punk star Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo on why he and bandmate Thomas Bangalter insist on wearing futuristic robot helmets onstage.
Fact: French dance music superstars Daft Punk headed to the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday (26May13) to witness the debut of their own Formula One racing car. The duo's logo featured on Lotus F1 Team vehicles, but it did not appear to give the Lotus drivers a boost - Kimi Raikkonen finished in 10th, while his teammate Romain Grosjean retired from the race.
Quote: "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. 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." Daft Punk star Thomas Bangalter on the downsides of using masks onstage to hide their identities.
Quote: "We were just jamming at my house, but it's gonna be proper and real. They came over today around breakfast time and now it's evening. I basically had to almost kick them out. We were having so much fun just in an informal setting that we decided to make it formal. And it's very formal. It's gonna be amazing." Funk legend Nile Rodgers is overjoyed to be working with Daft Punk on a new collaboration.
Fact: Into The Wild star Emile Hirsch has made his directorial debut by taking charge of Daft Punk's new video for Alive. The quirky promo features a dance-off between two rival Venice Beach, California skateboarders.
Fact: French dance music duo Daft Punk have teamed up with Coca-Cola bosses to create a new soft drink line. Club Coke will come in a gold and silver bottle - to mimic the helmets the electronic duo wears in concert. The soda will be available at dance clubs across France.
Tweet: "Dear Coachella WTF (what the f**k) happened to Daft Punk?! I wanted to get my Tron on! Needless to say, I'll still be there w/glowstixxxs (with glow sticks)." Katy Perry is disappointed the dance duo has not been added to the Coachella Festival line-up - but she is still looking forward to the event, which will be held in Indio, California from 15 to 17 April (11).
Fact: Kings Of Leon and Daft Punk are the latest stars to contribute to the Crafts For A Cause charity auction in aid of earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The two acts have both donated customised artwork for the sale, while Norah Jones, superproducer Mark Ronson and film director Spike Jonze have also contributed. The auction goes online on 15 March (10) at BiddingForGood.com and proceeds go to the Artists for Peace and Justice campaign.
Fact: French electro-pop duo Daft Punk will make a cameo in Disney's Tron remake. The act is providing the soundtrack for the film, which is set for release at the end of next year (10).
Quote: "It's like repaying a debt. We have sampled other people in our music and now people are sampling us." Daft Punk's THOMAS BANGALTER and GUY-MANUEL DE HOMEM-CHRISTO understand other artists' needs to sample their songs.