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Daft Punk Soar on Dance/Electronic Charts After Breakup Announcement

Daft Punk register tremendous gains on Billboard's dance/electronic charts (dated March 6) following their breakup announcement Feb…

Daft Punk registered tremendous gains on Billboard‘s dance/electronic charts (dated March 6) following their breakup announcement Feb. 22.

The helmeted French DJ duo place four titles on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart, including a re-entry at No. 1 with 2001’s Discovery, and land six songs in the upper half of the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, including their classics “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell Williams (No. 6), and “One More Time” (No. 9).


It’s the first week at No. 1 for Discovery, which becomes the act’s sixth total topper. The set, released in February 2001 (four months prior to the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart’s inception), previously ranked as high as No. 3 in February 2002. Leading at last in its 177th chart week, Discovery crushes the record for the longest climb to the top, previously held by The Postal Service’s Give Up, which hit No. 1 in 2004 after a 65-week ascent. Discovery earned 8,000 equivalent album units, up 375%, in the tracking week ending Feb. 25, according to MRC Data.

Daft Punk also score on Top Dance/Electronic Albums with 2013’s former No. 1 Random Access Memories (22-3; 7,000 units, up 284%), its 1997 debut Homework (No. 9; 3,000 units, up 505%) and another previous topper, 2010’s Tron: Legacy soundtrack (No. 15; 3,000 units, up 195%).

Here’s a look at Daft Punk’s leaders on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart:

Title, Year(s) at No. 1 (Total Weeks, if more than one)
Human After All, 2005
Alive 2007, 2007 (two)
Tron: Legacy (soundtrack), 2010-11 (10)
Tron: Legacy (Reconfigured), 2011
Random Access Memories, 2013-14 (21)
Discovery, 2021

On the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, the act sends six songs into the top 25, including two in the top 10 as noted above: “Get Lucky” and “One More Time.” (The survey, which premiered in 2013, permits, like the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, older tracks with new activity to appear if ranking in its upper half.)

“Lucky,” which landed 13 frames at No. 1 in 2013, launches with 2.7 million on-demand U.S. streams, up 130%, and sales of 1,000 downloads, up 367%. “Time,” now the act’s second top 10, tallied 2.8 million streams, up 254%, and sales of nearly 1,500, up 624%. The track, released in 2000, is also one of Daft Punk’s seven Dance Club Songs No. 1s.

Daft Punk also earn places on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” (No. 11; 2.4 million streams, up 112%), “Around the World” (No. 12; 1.8 million streams, up 260%), “Lose Yourself to Dance,” featuring Pharrell Williams (No. 22) and “Digital Love” (No. 23).


Thanks to its Hot Dance/Electronic Songs haul, the duo’s Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo each tie at No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Songwriters chart, leading the list for the first time.

‘LOVELIFE’ GOSSIP: On the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, veteran Italian DJ/producer Benny Benassi and singer Jeremih lift 3-1 with “Lovelife.” It’s Benassi’s second leader and first in nearly a decade, since “Cinema,” featuring Gary Go, hit the summit in September 2011. Benassi boasts seven total chart appearances, beginning with “Satisfaction” (credited as Benny Benassi Presents The Biz), which reached No. 11 in 2003, just months after the chart’s inaugural.

“Lovelife,” Jeremih’s first topper, is drawing core-dance airplay at many outlets, including at leaders KMVQ-HD2 San Francisco, Music Choice’s Dance/EDM channel and WZFL (Revolution 93.5) Miami (as monitored on WHYI-HD2 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) The Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart measures radio airplay on a select group of full-time dance stations, along with plays during mix shows on nearly 80 top 40-formatted reporters.

CODD, RODRIGO GO TOP 10: Additionally on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Irish DJ/producer Shane Codd earns his first top 10 with “Get Out of My Head” (17-8).

Plus, Olivia Rodrigo rides to her first top 10 with her seven-week and counting Hot 100 No. 1 “Drivers License” (24-10).