Daft Punk Just Misses Landmark Chart Debut
With an impressive No. 2 debut, electronica duo Daft Punk fell just short of becoming the first French act to enter the U.K. album chart at the top. Despite selling more than 50,000 units and toppingWith an impressive No. 2 debut, electronica duo Daft Punk fell just short of becoming the first French act to enter the U.K. album chart at the top. Despite selling more than 50,000 units and topping the charts throughout last week, the act's sophomore album "Discovery" (Virgin) was beaten at No. 1 on the U.K.'s official sales charts by the late U.S. vocalist Eva Cassidy.
Her "Songbird" (Blix Street/Hot) album, released two years ago, moved one place to No. 1 on the strength of 78,000 units. Cassidy benefited from intense exposure during the end of the week on U.K. TV.
"We are disappointed," says Virgin France export manager Thierry Jacquet. "We led during the whole week but Saturday's sales changed the whole picture. [However] for a French act, selling 50,000 units in the U.K. in a week is quite an achievement." Jacquet was still hoping for the album to enter Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums sales chart, as the album is in the top-5 in most countries in Europe.
"Discovery" is led by the worldwide No. 1 smash hit "One More Time." The cut is No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales tally and at a new high of No. 61 on The Billboard Hot 100 this week.