Daft Punk has come back with a bang with “Random Access Memories,” its first studio album in over eight years. It debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard album chart, selling 339,000 copies in its opening week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
That makes “RAM” the second-biggest opener of the year, behind Justin TImberlake‘s “The 20/20 Experience,” which sold a huge 968,000 copies in its first week for sale. The 339,000 copies for “RAM” more than doubled in one week what the last Daft Punk studio album, “Human After All,” sold altogether (127,000 copies).
“Random Access Memories” also broke Spotify records when it debuted on the streaming service last week.
“RAM” is receiving critical acclaim as well. EW writes that the album is “a bravura live performance that stands out against pro forma
knob-twiddling; a jazzy disco attack on the basic house beat; a full
collaboration at a time when the superstar DJ stands alone.”
And Rolling Stone gave the album four stars, writing, ” ‘Random Access Memories’ is full of WTF moments … At times, the album is a victim of its own ambition. But it wouldn’t be half as awesome a ride if it had aimed any lower.”
What do you think of “RAM”? Are you a fan?