Daft Punk’s 'Random Access Memories' (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) made its expected powerful debut on the U.K. album chart Sunday (May 26), becoming the fastest-selling artist set of the year to date with opening sales of 165,000.
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Daft Punk makes a leap on the Social 50 tally, rising 38-5 and breaking the top five for the first time. The French dance duo made its just-released album, "Random Access Memories" (May 21), available for streaming in the iTunes Store on Monday, May 13.
"Clouds," by late singer/songwriter Zach Sobiech, appears headed for a potentially high debut on next week's Billboard Hot 100, possibly in the top 20, fueled largely by strong sales and likely increasing streaming activity following his passing.
The pair's 'Cruise' boasts the longest reign for a song by a duo in the chart's history. Plus, George Strait tallies his record-extending 25th No. 1 on Top Country Albums and Darius Rucker crowns Country Airplay
After performing their breakthrough Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Thrift Shop" on the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night (May 19), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis spend a third week atop the survey with "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton.