A mysterious collection of electronic music released under the pseudonym The Third Twin was rumored to be connected to Daft Punk, after Spanish newspaper El Periódico Mediterráneo reported last week that the French duo would be playing the Arenal Sound Festival as their new alter ego in August. However, Daft Punk's management has released a statement that decries the report and denies any link between Daft Punk and the new tracks posted online.
"It has been brought to the attention of Daft Punk's management that the promoters for the Arenal Sound Festival in Spain have recently issued a press release in which they claim that a band called The Third Twin is 'directly connected' to Daft Punk," reads the statement. "This is completely untrue. Recent press reports are based on rumors instead of facts. Daft Punk is in no way associated with The Third Twin and the promoters for the Arenal Sound Festival are promoting the show under false pretenses."
The report stated that Daft Punk created The Third Twin moniker as a way to release a batch of material that Disney rejected when Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo were tapped to create the score for "Tron: Legacy." Mitchell Leib, President of Music and Soundtracks for Walt Disney Pictures and Disney Music Group, tells Billboard.com that the notion that Disney turned down any music that Daft Punk composed for "Tron" is completely untrue.
"We never threw out any of their material, ever," says Leib. "I want to dispel any of the rumors about that material by that alias group being any derivative of our 'Tron' music, because it's not at all. There's nothing about that music that has anything to do with 'Tron' or any of the original conceptual music that was done."
The "Tron: Legacy" soundtrack, the latest batch of actual Daft Punk music, has sold 277,000 copies since its Dec. 7 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.