Their return was long awaited and Daft Punk did not disappoint, delivering a new album complete with star-studded collaborations with Pharell Williams, Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Williams and Todd Edwards.
If the retro and funky influences in Random Access Memories might have turned away a handful of fans expecting an electro-heavy album along the lines of the Tron soundtrack or Human After All, the album is nonetheless off to a massive start.
So successful in fact that Random Access Memories has topped the Itunes charts, where the album could be pre-ordered, in 21 Western countries: the US, the UK, France, Germany, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The only country not to have the Daft Punk’s fourth studio album in first place is the Netherlands, where Anouk (the Dutch Eurovision entry this year) occupies the first spot. Random Access Memories comes in second.
Here is what the Itunes charts page looks like, as of the May 22: