Daft Punk Boosts French Record Sales

The French electro-pop duo's album "Random Access Memories" helps total record sales rise more than six percent in the first half of 2013.

French electro-pop duo Daft Punk's album Random Access Memories is credited with boosting overall record sales in France, prompting the industry's first positive results after a decade of decline.

The second trimester of 2013 registered a 22.7 percent leap in sales compared with the same period in 2012 after a poor start to the year.

The helmeted electro-pop meisters, whose first album in eight years hit the airwaves and shelves in May this year, helped boost total record sales in France in the first six months of 2013 6.1 percent compared with 2012, with a turnover of $291 million (€217.8 million).

The total included CD sales as well as digital revenue from downloading and streaming.

French music industry production union, the Syndicat National de L'Edition Phonographique, noted that Daft Punk has been a major factor in bringing the French public back to local music as a whole and getting them to buy albums again.

Nine of the top 10 album sellers during the period were French.

The Daft Punk album, which has sold more than 500,000 digital and CD copies in France, also has broken records abroad.

Earlier this week, Amazon said that Random Access Memories had become its best-selling vinyl LP of all time.

In the U.K., the album sold 165,000 copies in the first week alone. And "Get Lucky", the first single from the album, became the fastest French single to reach one million sales in the U.K., beating the French club DJ David Guetta's previous record.

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