×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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

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.

Popular on Variety

More Music

  • Kendrick Lamar House Manhattan Beach

    Kendrick Lamar Drops Nearly $10 Million on Manhattan Beach Mansion

    When he’s not performing to packed arenas worldwide — the international “Damn” tour wrapped up last year with over $62 million in gross receipts — Kendrick Lamar has long resided in L.A.’s South Bay region, specifically in the posh seaside city of Manhattan Beach. And after a reported long spell as an area home renter, [...]

  • Benjamin Wallfisch - scoring session, Abbey

    Composer Benjamin Wallfisch Signs With Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency

    Composer Benjamin Wallfisch has signed with the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency (GSA) for worldwide representation, in partnership with London-based agency COOL Music Ltd. A top composer, whose scoring credits include “It Chapter Two,” Shazam!” Hellboy,” “Hidden Figures” and “Hostile Planet,” among others, Wallfisch has worked on over 75 feature films and is a member of the BAFTA [...]

  • Spotify logo is presented on a

    Spotify VP Paul Vogel Talks Subscription Prices, Label Licenses, Podcasts

    The annual Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference gives representatives from major companies the opportunity to present to the investment community, and Paul Vogel, Spotify’s VP and head of financial planning & analysis, treasury and investor relations, spoke on the streaming giant’s behalf on Tuesday morning. While many of his comments were statements frequently heard in the [...]

  • Def Jam, Astralwerks Launch Label Divisions

    Def Jam, Astralwerks Launch Label Divisions in South East Asia

    Universal Music Group today announced what it calls a significant expansion of its recorded music operations across South East Asia with the launch of two new label divisions: Def Jam South East Asia, to focus on the hip-hop scene within the region, and Astralwerks Asia, a label “with a true focus on nurturing talent within Asia across [...]

  • WME Nashville Promotes Becky Gardenhire to

    WME Nashville Promotes Becky Gardenhire to Co-Head

    Becky Gardenhire has been elevated by WME to the role of co-head of the Nashville office, making her the woman holding the highest rank at any agency rooted in the city. Gardenhire joins three other co-heads of WME Nashville, Scott Clayton, Joey Lee and Jay Williams. While Nashville agencies have been caught up in a [...]

  • Kane Brown 52nd Annual CMA Awards,

    CMT Boosts Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay as 'Artists of the Year'

    Country music’s youngest superstars don’t always catch a break with the CMA Awards. When the latest slate of nominations was announced, Kane Brown had none, and Luke Combs had a far-from-leading three. But CMT is making up the difference by including these two ascendants as part of their annual “CMT Artists of the Year” slate, [...]

  • Mandy Moore Drops New Single and

    Mandy Moore Drops New Single and Video, First Album in a Decade Due Early 2020

    Just days before the season premiere of her NBC show “This Is Us,” Mandy Moore dropped a new song and video called “When I Wasn’t Watching.” The song is the lead single from her first album in a decade, which is slated for release early next year. The song was produced by longtime collaborator Mike [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content