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Digital Love: Daft Punk Sales Soar 2,650% After Breakup

The French electronic duo saw a 500% increase in streams on Monday, with Discovery their most popular album

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Fans of Daft Punk streamed the French electronic duo’s music by the millions on Monday after the group, who have pushed the boundaries of electronic music and repeatedly cast a gleeful, grooving spell on the world, announced that they were calling it quits after nearly 30 helmeted years together.

Streams for Daft Punk’s catalog soared nearly 500% on Monday compared to Sunday, while song sales were up 1,335% and digital album sales were up 2,650%, according to Alpha Data, the data analytics provider that powers the Rolling Stone Charts. From the brilliant funk-house of their debut album Homework to the shimmering disco of their 2013 Grammy-winning Random Access Memories, fans had plenty to choose from.

Overall, it was their sophomore album Discovery, their sprawling futurist record that sent electronic music in a new direction in 2001 and ranks Number 236 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, that led by digital album sales and on-demand audio streams on Monday. Discovery saw over 1.5 million on-demand streams on Monday, an increase of 429% compared to the day before. The album also saw an increase of digital album sales of over 8,000%. Their next five most popular albums by streams on Monday were: Random Access Memories (up 600% in streams), Homework (up 714%), Alive 2007 (up 294%) and TRON: Legacy (up 360%).

Daft Punk’s most-streamed songs on Monday were: “Get Lucky” (up 180% in on-demand audio streams), “One More Time” (up 368%), “Harder Better Faster Stronger” (up 418%), “Around the World” (up 381%) and “Instant Crush” (392%).

Spotify reported a 242% increase in Daft Punk “discoveries” on Tuesday, with nearly half a million people (459,334) streaming Daft Punk for the first time that day.

Daft Punk, composed of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de-Homem Christo, announced on Monday that they were breaking up in an eight-minute long video called “Epilogue,” in which the two robots walk into the desert where one of them gets blown up.

From Rolling Stone US