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Re: Official Pop Music Discussion Thread
Concerning Random Access Memories' first week sales in the US and the UK.
Daft Punk's new album, "Random Access Memories," is heading for a big sales week and the act's first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Industry sources suggest the album, due out on May 21, may sell between 250,000 and 300,000 copies in its first week. That whopping figure is more than twice the total sales of its last studio album, 2005's "Human After All," to date (125,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan).
Pre-orders for the album have been strong, sources say, with volume picking up noticeably after the iTunes Store began streaming the album on Monday, May 13.
"Random" should easily earn the best sales week for a dance/electronic album in more than a year. The last dance set to move more than 250,000 in a week was Madonna's "MDNA," when it sold 359,000 in its first week of release in March of 2012.
Daft Punk have been tipped to achieve the fastest-selling album in UK chart history.
The duo's new record Random Access Memories is now odds-on with bookmakers Paddy Power to break the first-week sales figures of current record holders Oasis.
Oasis's Be Here Now sold 650,000 copies in its debut week, but the feat is expected to be eclipsed by Daft Punk's new LP, which already has the highest number of pre-sales for any dance album on Amazon.
Also, I personally think that Random Access Memories is Daft Punk's best album to date.