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Daft Punk's analogue Random Access Memories tops Billboard chart

Published on May 30, 2013 7:50 AM
 
French Daft Punk band members pose in the pits at the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo on May 26, 2013. Daft Punk scored their first No. 1 album on the United States Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, as their risk to use retro technology paid off with fans. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - French electronic dance music duo Daft Punk scored their first No. 1 album on the United States (US) Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, as their risk to use retro technology paid off with fans.

Random Access Memories, the highly anticipated fourth studio album from Daft Punk, sold 339,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. That was the group's best sales week to date.

Digital downloads of the album were approximately 65 per cent of overall sales, with 221,000 copies downloaded.

Daft Punk, formed by childhood friends Thomas Bangalter, 38, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, 39, were at the forefront of electronic dance music in the 1990s, fusing synthesizers and computers to create music on hits such as Around The World. Daft Punk became popular figures in the dance music field, known for wearing shiny helmets on stage and being elusive and unpredictable.

 
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