Daft Punk Soar on Dance/Electronic Charts After Breakup Announcement

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Defuncted French music group, Daft Punk has registered tremendous gains on Billboard’s dance/electronic charts (dated March 6) following their breakup announcement Feb. 22.

The helmeted French DJ duo place four titles on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart, including a re-entry at No. 1 with 2001’s Discovery, and land six songs in the upper half of the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, including their classics “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell Williams (No. 6), and “One More Time” (No. 9).

It’s the first week at No. 1 for Discovery, which becomes the act’s sixth total topper. The set, released in February 2001 (four months prior to the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart’s inception), previously ranked as high as No. 3 in February 2002. Leading at last in its 177th chart week, Discovery crushes the record for the longest climb to the top, previously held by The Postal Service’s Give Up, which hit No. 1 in 2004 after a 65-week ascent. Discovery earned 8,000 equivalent album units, up 375%, in the tracking week ending Feb. 25, according to MRC Data.

Daft Punk also score on Top Dance/Electronic Albums with 2013’s former No. 1 Random Access Memories (22-3; 7,000 units, up 284%), its 1997 debut Homework (No. 9; 3,000 units, up 505%) and another previous topper, 2010’s Tron: Legacy soundtrack (No. 15; 3,000 units, up 195%).

Here’s a look at Daft Punk’s leaders on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart:

Title, Year(s) at No. 1 (Total Weeks, if more than one)
Human After All, 2005
Alive 2007, 2007 (two)
Tron: Legacy (soundtrack), 2010-11 (10)
Tron: Legacy (Reconfigured), 2011
Random Access Memories, 2013-14 (21)
Discovery, 2021

On the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, the act sends six songs into the top 25, including two in the top 10 as noted above: “Get Lucky” and “One More Time.” (The survey, which premiered in 2013, permits, like the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, older tracks with new activity to appear if ranking in its upper half.)

“Lucky,” which landed 13 frames at No. 1 in 2013, launches with 2.7 million on-demand U.S. streams, up 130%, and sales of 1,000 downloads, up 367%. “Time,” now the act’s second top 10, tallied 2.8 million streams, up 254%, and sales of nearly 1,500, up 624%. The track, released in 2000, is also one of Daft Punk’s seven Dance Club Songs No. 1s

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