Daft Punk

  1. Paul Williams on His Journey From 'Out-of-Work Actor' to President of ASCAP (Q&A)

    February 10, 2014 11:24 AM EST This article first appeared in the new issue of Billboard Magazine. In an era in which the music business has seen unprecedented change and disruption, some things remain constant. The creativity of songwriters and composers lies at the heart of t ...

  2. Giorgio Moroder On His Daft-Punk-Fueled Re-Emergence, DJ Gigs, Vegas Hotel Show

    February 09, 2014 5:36 PM EST This story originally appeard in the new issue of Billboard. Pick-up this issue here. Subsribe to Billboard here. Producer Giorgio Moroder, who helped invent disco in the 1970s with Donna Summer (“I Feel Love,” “Love to Love You Baby”) before conj ...

  3. Daft Punk, Kacey Musgraves Heading for Huge Post-Grammy Sales Gains

    January 31, 2014 6:29 PM EST Daft Punk and Kacey Musgraves are primed to return to the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the wake of Sunday's (Jan. 26) Grammy Awards. Daft Punk, which won multiple awards and performed on the show, will likely see its "Rand ...

  4. 'Grammy Nominees' Album With Lorde, Daft Punk Set for Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200

    January 24, 2014 6:06 PM EST The star-studded "2014 Grammy Nominees" album is aiming for a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. The 18-song album "Nominees" compilation may sell around 40,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Jan. 26, according ...

  5. Record Companies' Lawsuit Against Vimeo Heads Towards Appellate Showdown

    January 03, 2014 1:05 PM EST A copyright infringement lawsuit against Vimeo, owned by Barry Diller's IAC, has taken another step forward after a federal judge in New York issued a new ruling on Tuesday. Among other developments, the case now looks headed towards an appel ...

  6. Daft Punk to Perform at 2014 Grammy Awards Ceremony (Report)

    December 19, 2013 7:52 AM EST Daft Punk, the elusive, pioneering French electronic duo whose "Random Access Memories" -- the pair's biggest-selling album which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 -- has topped multitudes of year-end lists and was released in ...

  7. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Announces Led Zeppelin Deal, Free Mobile Service at New York HQ

    December 11, 2013 11:32 AM EST Spotify on Wednesday made the launch of a free streaming service for tablets, both iPads and Android devices, and other mobile devices official. So far, mobile access required users to pay for a premium version of the otherwise free -- advertisi ...

  8. Grammy Noms 2014 Dance Categories: Daft Punk Makes History, EDM Dominates

    December 07, 2013 1:01 PM EST For the first time in memory, the Grammy dance nomination field didn't only honor the worthy (which it's had a tendency of doing these past few years, Al Walser drama notwithstanding): It reflected what America actually grooved to in 201 ...

  9. UK Vinyl Sales Hit Highest Level in a Decade, Daft Punk Leads 2013 Sales

    October 18, 2013 2:16 PM EDT Releases from Daft Punk, David Bowie and the Arctic Monkeys have boosted sales of vinyl LPs in the U.K. this year. Year to date, almost 550,000 records have been sold, the first time since 2003 that the half-million mark has been crossed in Brit ...

  10. Bart Cools To Lead WMG's Dance Music Strategy

    September 27, 2013 6:46 AM EDT Bart Cools, a key dance music executive with EMI for more than 20 years, has joined Warner Music Group. The Dutchman will lead WMG’s dance music strategy in the role as executive VP, global A&R and marketing, dance music, for Warner Recorded ...

  11. Independent Study: Kitsuné Records

    July 16, 2013 12:19 PM EDT Label: Kitsuné Records Founded: 2002 Location: Paris Number of Employees: 10 exclusive to label, 70 total worldwide Biggest Seller: Two Door Cinema Club, Tourist History (178,000 copies U.S.) Next Release: Is Tropical, “Lover’s Cave” single, U.S ...

  12. Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Leads Hot 100 For Fifth Week

    July 10, 2013 3:04 PM EDT Robin Thicke racks a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell. The sultry song concurrently climbs to No. 1 on the Hot 100 Airplay and On-Demand Songs charts and logs a noteworthy ...

  13. Coming Soon: Daft Punk Action Figures

    July 09, 2013 12:38 PM EDT From Wilco to "The Avengers" to a President Obama parody and beyond, Daft Punk's summer hit "Get Lucky" has received cover treatment from every sector of the entertainment world. It seems everyone is eager to play with t ...

  14. Led By Daft Punk, UK Singles Sales On Track for Record Year

    July 05, 2013 8:22 AM EDT   Strong sales of digital singles during the first half of the year look set to make 2013 another record year for music singles sales in the U.K., the Official Charts Company is predicting. "2013 looks to become the biggest year for singles ...

  15. Big Time Rush, 'Man of Steel' Soundtrack Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    June 14, 2013 8:07 PM EDT Big Time Rush and the "Man of Steel" soundtrack are heading for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest Big Time Rush's new "24/Seven" album could sell around 45,000 copies by ...

  16. Disclosure's Debut Tops UK Album Chart, Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines' Sets Sales Record

    June 10, 2013 5:59 AM EDT A week after Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, became the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of 2013, that record has been broken again — by Thicke himself. The track followed its opening sales ...

  17. Daft Punk Scores Second Week At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    June 05, 2013 11:04 AM EDT Daft Punk's Random Access Memories holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, as the set shifts another 93,000, copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's down 73% in its second week, a not alarming sophomore frame decline ...

  18. Daft Punk Set For Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 29, 2013 5:24 PM EDT The newly crowned No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Daft Punk's Random Access Memories , is aiming for a second week atop the list. Industry sources suggest that none of yesterday's (May 28) new album releases will pose a thre ...

  19. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Still Atop Hot 100, Zach Sobiech Debuts

    May 29, 2013 3:26 PM EDT Macklemore & Ryan Lewis spend a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton. Justin Timberlake and Florida Georgia Line set notable milestones and, outside the top 10, "Clouds& ...

  20. Daft Punk Leads Debut-Filled Top Four On Billboard 200

    May 29, 2013 11:01 AM EDT Led by Daft Punk at No. 1, the entire top four on the Billboard 200 are debuts this week. The dance/electronic duo’s new Random Access Memories launches at atop the tally with 339,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As reported last nigh ...

  21. Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Notches Record Streams on Spotify

    May 28, 2013 1:58 AM EDT Daft Punk's hugely-hyped “Random Access Memories” can now add “Spotify record holder” to its growing list of achievements. The French electronic music act’s fourth set has topped Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” as the most-streamed album in the ...

  22. Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories': Strong Numbers Show Pre-Release Streaming Just Might Help Sales

    May 24, 2013 2:23 PM EDT This story on Daft Punk 's successful pre-release streaming strategy is from the new issue of Billboard (cover date June 1, 2013)  also features a cover story on the Billboard Music Awards' runaway success (ratings up 28%!); a report ...

  23. Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Set for No. 1, 300,000-plus Debut

    May 22, 2013 7:51 PM EDT As previously reported , Daft Punk is heading for its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with its latest album, "Random Access Memories." The Columbia Records set, released on May 21, could sell upwards of 300,000 copies by w ...

  24. 'Can't' Stop Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Atop Hot 100

    May 22, 2013 2:16 PM EDT 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," featuri ...

  25. Romanthony, House Producer and 'One More Time' Singer, Reported Dead

    May 20, 2013 11:04 AM EDT Romanthony, an influential house producer and singer best known for performing the vocals on Daft Punk's single "One More Time," has been reported to have died earlier this month. The artist, born Anthony Moore, reportedly passed ...

  26. Daft Punk's 'Random' Album Headed For Big Sales Week, Aims For First No. 1

    May 17, 2013 2:38 PM EDT Daft Punk's new album, Random Access Memories , is heading for a big sales week and the act's first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the album, due out on May 21, may sell between 250,000 and 300,000 copies in ...

  27. Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’: A Timeline of the Global Teaser Campaign

    May 17, 2013 1:20 PM EDT It started with a Facebook post: Two helmets, one gold and one silver, halved and fused down the center, set against plain black. Then came the 15-second ad, aired during the March 2 episode of “Saturday Night Live”; its first appearance o ...

  28. Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, Columbia's Rob Stringer On the Making of 'Random Access Memories'

    May 13, 2013 2:45 PM EDT This in-depth story on Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" is from the May 18th edition of Billboard featuring a cover package on the Billboard Music Awards (airing Sunday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m ET on ABC) hosted by cover subject Tr ...

  29. Chart Moves: Daft Punk Scores Biggest Hot 100 Hit, Black Sabbath Returns and More

    April 26, 2013 4:54 PM EDT As previously reported, P!nk's "Just Give Me a Reason" (featuring fun.'s Nate Ruess) spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Who else makes noteworthy moves on the Hot 100 and other song charts this week?   -- ...

  30. Daft Punk Sets Spotify Record With 'Get Lucky'

    April 20, 2013 1:07 PM EDT Daft Punk has set a record on Spotify. The music service says the French electronic duo's song "Get Lucky" had the biggest streaming day for a single track on Friday in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Spotify wouldn't re ...

  31. Daft Punk Tease New Album at Coachella, During 'Saturday Night Live,' Reveal Guests

    April 14, 2013 2:16 AM EDT Daft Punk may not be on the official Coachella lineup this year, still the French electronic duo still managed to grab the attention of concert-goers talking in the festival's first day (April 12) Daft Punk broadcasted a new trailer for the ...

  32. Daft Punk Announce New Album ‘Random Access Memories,’ Release Date, Pre-Sale

    March 24, 2013 3:29 AM EDT After several weeks of teasing their new album, French electronic duo Daft Punk have announced the name of their fourth studio album Random Access Memories , as well as a pre-sale and an approximate release date.  The band's rep sent out a ...

  33. Daft Punk Signs With Columbia, Source Confirms

    January 27, 2013 1:05 PM EST Sony Music is ramping up its dance music arsenal. Just three days after announcing a new strategic alliance with EDM powerhouse Ultra Records, news is emerging that Columbia Records has signed Daft Punk. A source confirmed that it's a &quo ...

  34. 2013 Grammy Awards: Dance Recording, Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:16 AM EST it was a banging, banner year for EDM, as the beat of club culture infiltrated the mainstream best dance recording "Le7els" Avicii LABEL: Levels/Atom Empire/Interscope PRODUCERS: Tim Bergling, Ash Pournouri MIXER: Tim Bergling From Super ...

  35. Cara Lewis, Caroline Kinzel and the Women of CAA

    November 28, 2012 10:45 AM EST (L-R): Jenna Adler, Caroline Kinzel, and Marlene Tsuchii at CAA's Los Angeles offices. (Photo: Austin Hargrave) Rob Light, managing partner and head of music at Creative Artists Agency, had a change of heart this year regarding Billboard' ...

  36. Ke$ha: Warrior Princess

    October 15, 2012 8:43 AM EDT With a hit single once again heating up the charts and a new album set for a December release, Ke$ha is back, stripped down and ready to rumble. When Ke$ha burst onto the scene in 2009-rapping through an Auto-Tune filter about brushing her teeth ...

  37. Album Reviews: Rob Zombie, Gloriana, Jesse Harris, and the 'Sparkle' Soundtrack

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT METAL ROB ZOMBIE "Mondo Sex Head" Producers: various Universal Music Enterprises Release Date: Aug. 7 Assembled by music director Jason Bentley of the tastemaking Santa Monica, Calif., noncommercial station KCRW, "Mondo Sex Head&quo ...

  38. Jay-Z Scores U2, Kanye West for 'NBA 2K13' Soundtrack

    July 31, 2012 8:48 PM EDT U2 will rocking arenas in a whole new way this fall. The band's "Elevate" will make an appearance in "NBA 2k13," the latest installment of the popular basketball gaming franchise -- as part of a soundtrack curated by the g ...

  39. How EMI Plans To Grow EDM: A Q&A With EMI Dance Network Head Bart Cools

    March 30, 2012 10:52 AM EDT EMI Music Executive VP, Marketing Europe/Rest of the World, Bart Cools is head of the newly-formed EMI Dance Network - the label's international, label-wide A&R and marketing network dedicated exclusively to dance artists and records. In ...

  40. DIY Case Study: Erin Barra Uses Digital Software to Tour Solo for Cheap

    October 14, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Erin Barra's career had reached a breaking point a year and a half ago. After steadily gaining notoriety while playing around the New York City club scene, she caught the touring bug and realized it was time to step outside ...

  41. DJ Mehdi, French DJ, Producer, Dead At 34

    September 13, 2011 2:58 PM EDT DJ Mehdi, the French electronic music and hip-hop producer and DJ, associated with the Ed Banger Records crew, died last night, Sept. 12, at the age of 34. According to several reports, he was fatally injured when part of his Paris home collapsed. ...

  42. Sync Powerhouse Glitch Mob Cultivates Adventuresome Music-And Complete Artistic Control

    September 01, 2011 9:24 AM EDT To know the Glitch Mob isn't necessarily knowing how to describe the Glitch Mob. "We get people calling us all kinds of different genres," band member Justin Boreta says. "Electro band, dubstep band, electronica, glitch-hop, ...

  43. Beatles, Keith Urban, Katy Perry Among EMI Acts Supporting Charity Auction For Japan

    April 05, 2011 4:15 PM EDT From the Beatles to Katy Perry to Keith Urban, artists signed to the EMI label group are doing their part to support the Red Cross by donating memorabilia for worldwide auction to benefit victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. There will ...

  44. EMI Signs International Licensing Deal With Beatport

    February 09, 2011 9:54 AM EST Dance music download site Beatport has struck an international licensing deal with EMI that covers the label's dance and electronic music and mixes. The deal covers North America, Europe and Australia. The first release through the partnershi ...

  45. Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons to Play Coachella: Sources

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons and PJ Harvey are booked to play the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Apr. 15-17) in Indio, Calif., sources confirm to Billboard.com. The Canadian band, English folk act and U.K. singer/songwriter are the ...

  46. Chart Moves: "Glee," Kanye West, Daft Punk, Bruno Mars, Lonely Island

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Billboard 200: -- Taylor Swift: The country diva's "Speak Now" continues to reign at No. 1 for a fourth non-consecutive week with 276,000 while Susan Boyle 's "The Gift" stands still at No. 2, with 240,000 (down 6 ...

  47. Daft Punk Pull Back the Curtain on 'Tron: Legacy' Soundtrack

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Few musical groups have the power to bring worlds together like robot helmet-wearing French beatmasters Daft Punk. In the '90s they merged the disparate worlds of techno and rock, the following decade, they created a dance floor quake that wa ...

  48. Web Trends: Rod Stewart, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown and more

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4 p.m.): 19. Sarah Streeter Rod Stewart has reconnected with his eldest daughter Sarah Streeter whom he gave up for adoption when he was 17 years old. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. Hip-Hop's 50 Greatest Animated GIF ...

  49. Web Trends: 'Glee,' Travie McCoy, Atomic Tom and more

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 11 a.m.): There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. Hip-Hop's 50 Greatest Animated GIFs Of All Time 2. 'Glee' 'Rocky Horror' Songs Leaked! [VIDEO] 3. 5 Creepi ...

  50. Phoenix, Daft Punk Rock Madison Square Garden for CMJ

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "We never thought we'd get here," Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars told the crowd at New York's Madison Square Garden Wednesday night (Oct. 21). Indeed, the Garden seemed like an unrealistic venue for Phoenix to headline -- much le ...

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