March 23, 2013 4:20pm PT by Jason Lipshutz, Billboard
New Daft Punk Album Due Out in May
Daft Punk's long-awaited new album finally has a title and release date: Random Access Memories, due out May 21 on the electronic stars' Daft Life imprint (in association with new label Columbia Records), is now available for pre-order on iTunes.
The follow-up to 2005's Human After All will indeed contain 13 tracks after reports surfaced last week that Sony Music had registered 13 untitled tracks through licensing organization PPL. Last month, Daft Punk confirmed that they had signed to Columbia, and on Mar. 2, a mysterious television ad aired during NBC's Saturday Night Live featuring 15 seconds of a new song.
More recently, a billboard containing the album's cover art was erected in a location at the heart of Los Angeles' Sunset Strip.
In addition to their three studio albums, beginning with 1997's Homework, the highly influential French production duo of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo released the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy in 2010. Daft Punk also released their second live album, Alive 2007, in 2007.
After Daft Punk announced a strategic alliance with Ultra Records earlier this year, the duo's 15-second SNL commercial was projected onto a building outside of the Ultra Music Festival in Miami on Friday night. Could Daft Punk crash the second weekend of this year's Ultra fest? Stay tuned.