Daft Punk’s Not-So ‘Random’ Chart Domination

Daft Punk

French duo's 'Random Access Memories' tops U.S. album chart

Getting lucky had nothing to do with Daft Punk’s ascent to No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with its new “Random Access Memories.”

The French dance/electronic duo of Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo and Thomas Bangalter captured the top slot, and their first chart-topping set. First-week sales were 339,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending May 26.

Propelled by the hit single “Get Lucky,” a much-talked-about “Saturday Night Live” shot, and record streaming on Spotify, the helmeted twosome’s Columbia debut had the second-best opening week of any 2013 title. Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” arrived with first-week sales of 968,000 in late March.

Four other new titles rode into the top 10 last week. Darius Rucker’s “True Believers” (Capitol Nashville) climbed aboard at a very distant No. 2, tracking 83,000 units. It’s the onetime Hootie & the Blowfish front man’s third solo country release, and matched the No. 2 peak of 2010’s “Charleston, SC 1966.”

Ohio rock quintet the National also matched its personal best to date, taking No. 3 as “Trouble Will Find Me” (4AD) launched with sales of 75,000. The group took the same position in 2010 with “High Violet.”

Rapper French Montana reached No. 4 with his official debut release “Excuse My French” (Interscope), which sold 56,000 copies. The Morocco-born performer, nee Karim Kharbouch, had attracted attention with a long series of mixtapes.

Final new entry on the chart is 30 Seconds to Mars’ “Love Lust Faith + Dreams” (Virgin), who logged on at No. 6 with 53,000. The unit fronted by actor-musician Jared Leto made its first top-10 appearance: Its third album “This Is War” (2009) peaked at No. 18.

The week’s holdovers included the soundtrack for “The Great Gatsby” (No. 5, 54,000, down 43%), Vampire Weekend’s “Modern Vampires of the City” (No. 7, 48,000, off 64%), George Strait’s “Love is Everything” (No. 8, 43,000, down 65%), Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (No. 9, 42,000, off 4%) and Lady Antebellum’s “Golden” (No. 10, 34,000, down 39%).

New releases by John Fogerty and Alice in Chains and the original cast album for the legit hit “Kinky Boots” will compete for chart real estate next week.

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