Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Daft Punk Disco Track Get Lucky Tops Charts Around the World

I think disco is back bigger and louder than ever, thanks to the robots that reign supreme once again. I'm one of disco's biggest fans--I MAKE disco music myself, TODAY--so I had to blog about this. I'm so excited. Daft Punk tops the Billboard albums chart for a second consecutive week, as their Random Access Memories sold nearly 93,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Last week, the dynamic duo posted the year's second-biggest debut, moving an impressive 339,000 copies of RAM to claim their first-ever #1 album in the U.S. This week, that number wasn't quite as high, but it was enough to easily outpace Alice In Chains' The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which opens at #2 with sales of more than 61,000 copies.

"Get Lucky" is a song by French house music duo Daft Punk, co-written by and featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers (I'm a HUGE fan of Nile Rogers 70s disco group Chic). It is the lead single from Daft Punk's fourth studio album Random Access Memories. Before its release as a single, "Get Lucky" was featured in television advertisements broadcast during Saturday Night Live, after which Rodgers and Pharrell announced their involvement in the track. Small excerpts also appear throughout the promotional video series The Collaborators.

Musically, "Get Lucky" is a disco and funk song while lyrically, according to Pharrell Williams, the song is about the fortune of finding chemistry with someone and not just about sexual chemistry. Following a leak days earlier, the single was released as a digital download on 19 April 2013. "Get Lucky" has since received acclaim from critics and was commercially successful, reaching the top ten in the music charts of over 28 countries.

In France, "Get Lucky" debuted at number one on the French Singles Chart on 24 April 2013, becoming the duo's first chart-topping single in their home country since "One More Time". The song sold 38,887 copies in three days, making "Get Lucky" the best-selling digital single in a one-week period. In Belgium, where two independent official charts are published weekly (one for Flanders, one for Wallonia), "Get Lucky" entered in the top position on both charts, making it Daft Punk's highest Belgian chart entry ever and their first No. 1 song in the country.

In the United Kingdom, "Get Lucky" entered the UK Singles Chart at No. 3 on 21 April 2013― only 48 hours after its release—selling more than 50,000 copies; the song became Daft Punk's first top ten hit in the country since "One More Time" in 2000. The song then peaked at No. 1 the following week, with sales of over 155,000 copies, and became Daft Punk's first ever No. 1 single in Britain. The song remained in the top position during the following week and sales reached 163,000. "Get Lucky" remained atop the chart for a fourth consecutive week and once again sold over 100,000 copies; as of 19 May 2013, over 600,000 copies of the song were sold in just over four weeks. According to a report from the Official Charts Company on 22 May 2013, sales of "Get Lucky" are higher than those of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop", making it the country's best-selling single of the year thus far. On 27 June, the Official Charts Company announced that "Get Lucky" had sold over a million copies in the UK; only the 136th single and first released in 2013 to do so.  The song is the first involving Daft Punk, Pharrell or Nile Rodgers to achieve this feat as well as being the second by a French act (after David Guetta's "Titanium"). Both Martin Talbot, Chief Executive of the Official Charts Company and Rodgers were impressed by the quick time (69 days) the single took to cross the million sales barrier.

Dig up some more on the Get Lucky single on Wikipedia.

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