Posted on Feb 22, 2019 2021 at 18:35Updated Feb 22, 2019 2021 at 19:26
It is the end of a duo which put France on the world map of electro music. The end of a beautiful economic empire too. After twenty-eight years of collaboration, the group Daft Punk, symbol of the French Touch, announced its separation on Monday, in an enigmatic 8-minute video posted on YouTube and simply titled “Epilogue”. The two French, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, did not give reasons for their decision, but the announcement was then confirmed to various media by a historical press secretary of the group, Kathryn Frazier.
Only four albums and one track, “One More Time”, were enough to propel the two musicians, friends since high school and stage partners since 1993, to the top of electronic music. Released in 1997, their first album, “Homework”, had sold more than 2 million copies in four years. New success in 2001 with “Discovery” and its nearly 3 million copies. After a third album in 2005 (“Human After All”), which received a more mixed reception, Daft Punk came back in force in 2013 with his fourth and last opus, “Random Access Memories”. The album explodes the counters thanks in particular to its world hit, “Get Lucky”, with rapper Pharrell Williams.
12 million listeners per month on Spotify
Eight years later, the track is still Daft Punk’s most popular track on Spotify, with more than 532 million streams on the platform. Overall, Daft Punk still gathered in recent days more than 12 million listeners per month on Spotify, a figure which should increase further with the announcement of their separation.
Still hidden behind their robot helmets, the two musicians at the six Grammys gleaned from the United States had stopped giving concerts fourteen years ago, if not for rare appearances at televised ceremonies. In recent years, the group had evolved into “kingmakers”. Daft Punk had worked notably with the Canadian The Weeknd on two titles, “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming”, two other world hits. Daft Punk had also produced “Overnight” by the popular Australian band Parcels.
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