Release date: May 2013
Random Access Memories is the fourth studio album by French electronic music duo Daft Punk, released by Daft Life under exclusive license to Columbia Records on May 17, 2013 in Australia, May 20, 2013 in the United Kingdom and on May 21, 2013 in the United States. Random Access Memories pays tribute to the late 1970s and early 80s era of music in the United States, particularly the sound of Los Angeles recordings of the period. Daft Punk recorded the album largely using live instrumentation with session musicians, and limited the use of electronics to drum machines, a modular synthesizer and vintage vocoders. The album features collaborations with Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas, Todd Edwards, DJ Falcon, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams and Pharrell Williams.
Random Access Memories debuted atop the UK Albums Chart with 165,091 copies sold in its first week, becoming the duo's first UK number-one album, as well as the fastest-selling album of 2013 so far. In the United States, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 339,000 copies, becoming the duo's first number-one album on the chart.