Daft Punk’s award-winning album Random Access Memories has officially sold over one million copies in the United States.
Thanks to the electronic duo’s success at the 2014 Grammy Awards, sales of the record have increased significantly over the past few weeks. As a result, the album was recently certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The news arrived courtesy of Columbia Records’ official Twitter feed. The announcement will no doubt convince those sitting on the proverbial fence to give Daft Punk and Random Access Memories a shot. After all, folks can’t resist checking out a certified winner.
— Columbia Records (@ColumbiaRecords) February 7, 2014
The Los Angeles Times reported last week that Daft Punk saw a huge boost in sales of their latest record after winning Best Album at the Grammys. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Random Access Memories saw an increase of 300 percent following the win.
Daft Punk’s collaboration with Stevie Wonder at the 2014 Grammy Awards helped the acclaimed singer move a sell records as well. Wonder’s 1979 album Songs in the Key of Life shot to number 99 on the Billboard 200 shortly after the telecast.
Random Access Memories is the French duo’s best-selling record to date. Although Discovery and Homework eventually sold a healthy number of copies, they never made it to the one million milestone.
Although countless people are probably grooving to Daft Punk at this very moment, few of them have probably seen the guys without their helmets. During a rare interview with Rolling Stone last year, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo said the costumes are more of a personal choice than a silly gimmick to sell records.
“We’re interested in the line between fiction and reality, creating these fictional personas that exist in real life. People thought the helmets were marketing or something, but for us it was sci-fi glam,” Bangalter explained to the publication.
Manager Paul Hahn added, “Daft Punk creates music and visuals in a very pure way. It starts with self-identity. The band doesn’t say to itself, ‘This is avant garde so it should be underground. More, they ask, ‘Why not? Why can’t our music be a big event?'”
Regardless of whether their madness has a method, the process seems to work in Daft Punk’s favor. Chances are fans are anxiously awaiting to get their hands on more music from the world’s premier electronic outfit.
Are you a fan of Daft Punk? What do you think about the duo’s album, Random Access Memories?