Daft Punk already have their latest hit “Get Lucky” at the top of the UK charts for the fourth week in a row and now it is predicted that their album, Random Access Memories, will break Oasis’ record for the fastest selling album in UK history.
The French DJ’s launched their new album to much fan fare on Friday May 17 at a little known Australian town, Wee Waa, NSW. However, neither of the French duo, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, made an unscheduled but hoped for appearance at the launch. Fans the world over have rushed out to buy the latest offering, closing the odds of them breaking Oasis 16-year hold on the UK title.
Oasis’ 1997 LP Be Here Now is the current record holder and sold 650,000 in its first week of sales alone. Music Week is reporting that local bookies Paddy Power are giving 4/5 odds that the Daft Punk album will beat them. Their album already has the distinction of having the highest number of pre-sales for any dance album ever on Amazon.
Speaking to Music Week, a Paddy Power spokesperson said that “fans don’t come much more passionate and excitable than Daft Punk enthusiasts so we’re expecting big things for the French DJs next week. We only hope that the success doesn’t go straight to their helmets”.
The DJs claim that they will not be touring the album. However, Paddy Power also have betting odds on a world tour being announced some time this year – they’re 5/2 in case you were interested.
“Get Lucky” is the French act’s biggest selling UK single. They previously scored a number 2 position with the 2000 hit, “One More Time”.
Speaking of “One More Time”, news was just released today (19 May) that the singer on that track, Romanthony, died earlier this month.
Real name Anthony Moore reportedly died on 7 May at his home in Austin, Texas. Billboard announced that his sister, Mellony Moore, confirmed his death on Facebook on 9 May. No cause of death has been confirmed at this time.