Daft Punk Hits Number One

The Frend Duo
The Frend Duo

Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo formed in 1993 by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. The duo achieved significant popularity in the late 1990s as part of the French house movement and were met with continuous success in the years following, combining elements of house music with funk, techno, disco, rock music and synthpop influences. They are also known for their visual stylization and disguises associated with their music; the duo have worn ornate helmets and gloves to assume robot personas in most of their public appearances since 2001 and rarely grant interviews or appear on television. The duo were managed from 1996 to 2008 by Pedro Winter (also known as Busy P), the head of Ed Banger Records.

Bangalter and de Homem-Christo were originally in an indie rock band named Darlin’ which disbanded after a short period of time, leaving the two to experiment musically with drum machines and synthesizers. The duo released their debut studio album Homework through Virgin Records in 1997 to highly positive reviews. The duo’s next album Discovery (2001) was even more successful, driven by the release of the hit singles “One More Time”, “Digital Love” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”. In March 2005, the duo released their third album Human After All to mixed reviews. However, the singles “Robot Rock” and “Technologic” achieved considerable success in the United Kingdom.

Daft Punk toured throughout 2006 and 2007 and released the live album Alive 2007, which won a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album. The duo later composed the score for the Disney film Tron: Legacy in 2010, and released its soundtrack album that same year. In January 2013, Daft Punk left Virgin for Columbia Records, and released their next album Random Access Memories in 2013 to worldwide critical acclaim. The album’s lead single “Get Lucky” became an international success, peaking on top 10 charts in 32 countries. Random Access Memories won five Grammy Awards in 2014, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Get Lucky”.

Now the famed duo have earned their first U.S. No. 1 hit of their career as guest-stars on The Weeknd’s track “Star Boy.” This means Daft Punk has waited 19 years to reach No.1 after first entering the top 100.

Daft Punk and The Weeknd have a second track that is also moving up the charts titled “I Feel It Coming” which sits at No. 25.

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