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Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
is the fourth studio album by French electronic music duo Daft Punk. It was released on 17 May 2013, by the duo's imprint Daft Life and Columbia Records. The album pays tribute to the late 1970s and early 1980s American music, particularly from Los Angeles. This theme is reflected in the album's packaging, as well as its promotional campaign, which included billboards, television advertisements and a web series. Unlike their previous albums, Daft Punk
Daft Punk
recruited session musicians to perform live instrumentation and limited the use of electronic instruments to drum machines, a custom-built modular synthesizer, and vintage vocoders. The album features collaborations with Giorgio Moroder, Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas, Todd Edwards, DJ Falcon, Chilly Gonzales, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams and Pharrell Williams. It is the first Daft Punk
Daft Punk
album released by Columbia Records. Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
received critical acclaim, scoring an 87 out of 100 on review aggregator site Metacritic
Metacritic
and appearing on many music critics' year-end lists. It is one of Daft Punk's most commercially successful albums, topping the charts in more than 25 countries worldwide. It was their first album to top the United States Billboard 200 chart, selling more than 339,000 copies within its first week. The lead single "Get Lucky" was a critical and commercial success, topping the charts in more than 30 countries and becoming one of the best-selling digital singles of all time. At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014, the album won Grammy Awards for Album
Album
of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album
Album
and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, and "Get Lucky" won for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Contents

1 Background

1.1 Conception 1.2 Recording

2 Composition

2.1 Theme and influences 2.2 Structure

3 Promotion and release

3.1 The Collaborators 3.2 Global album launch

4 Critical reception

4.1 Accolades

5 Commercial performance 6 Track listing 7 Personnel

7.1 Featured artists 7.2 Additional musicians 7.3 Production

8 Charts

8.1 Weekly charts 8.2 Year-end charts

9 Certifications and sales 10 Release history 11 References 12 External links

Background[edit] Conception[edit] Shortly after finishing off their Alive 2006/2007
Alive 2006/2007
tour, Daft Punk began working on new material in 2008. Thomas Bangalter
Thomas Bangalter
of the duo recalled, "the two of us would go in with a lot of keyboards, guitars, drums, and stuff and started to do demos for six, seven months." Daft Punk were pleased with the work in terms of composition, but were dissatisfied with the production aspect, as they relied on samples and loops of their own performances: "We could play some riffs and stuff but not keep it [up] for four minutes straight." Daft Punk
Daft Punk
put these demos aside and started work on the Tron: Legacy film soundtrack later in 2008.[1] As Bangalter mentioned after the film's release in 2010: "Making music for a movie is very humbling. We’ve been working on some of our music concurrently."[2] Daft Punk
Daft Punk
then decided to work extensively with live musicians on what would become Random Access Memories: "We wanted to do what we used to do with machines and samplers, but with people." They avoided the use of samples on the album, with the exception of the closing track "Contact".[3]

The idea was really having this desire for live drums, as well as questioning, really, why and what is the magic in samples? [...] It occurred to us it’s probably a collection of so many different parameters; of amazing performances, the studio, the place it was recorded, the performers, the craft, the hardware, recording engineers, mixing engineers, the whole production process of these records that took a lot of effort and time to make back then.

—Thomas Bangalter, regarding the album's conception[4]

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The album features Chic frontman Nile Rodgers, who commented that a collaboration was "something we've [ Daft Punk
Daft Punk
and Rodgers] talked about for a long time. We've respected each other endlessly."[5] Daft Punk eventually visited Rodgers' home for an informal jam session, and an official collaboration was later confirmed and completed.[6] Musician Paul Williams announced in a 2010 interview that he had worked with the group, after Daft Punk
Daft Punk
had been introduced to Williams by a sound engineer with whom they were mutually acquainted.[7][8][9] In May 2012 Daft Punk's collaboration with Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder
was announced—Moroder had recorded a monologue about his life for use in a track on the album. Rodgers was also present during the Moroder recording session.[10] Moroder clarified that he was not involved in the composition of the track or its use of a synthesizer: "They did not let me get involved at all. Thomas asked me if I wanted to tell the story of my life. Then they would know what to do with it."[11] Daft Punk
Daft Punk
had been in contact with Moroder in relation to a possible contribution for the Tron: Legacy score, but this never happened.[12] Chilly Gonzales
Chilly Gonzales
stated in an interview that his contribution was recorded in a one-day session: "I played for hours and they're gonna grab what they grab and turn it into whatever."[13] He explained that Daft Punk
Daft Punk
prompted him at the piano in the same manner that a film director coaches an actor, and Gonzales left the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
studio without knowledge of what the final product would sound like.[14] He had previously recorded a cover version of Daft Punk's song "Too Long" that appeared on the duo's 2003 album Daft Club. Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
collaborated with Daft Punk
Daft Punk
and Rodgers by providing vocals for two tracks on Random Access Memories.[3] As a member of the Neptunes, Pharrell had previously provided a remix of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" that appeared on Daft Club. The Neptunes
The Neptunes
and Daft Punk also co-produced N.E.R.D.'s song "Hypnotize U".[15] Recording[edit]

Electric Lady Studios, one of the five studios where the album was recorded

Recording took place at Henson Recording Studios, Conway Recording Studios and Capitol Studios
Capitol Studios
in California, Electric Lady Studios
Electric Lady Studios
in New York City, and Gang Recording Studio in Paris, France.[16] Having worked with keyboardist and arranger Chris Caswell on Tron: Legacy, the duo enlisted him and connected with engineers and other session players for their next album.[17] Daft Punk
Daft Punk
recalled that they wished to avoid the more compressed sounds of drum machines in favor of "airy open" drum sets of the 1970s and 80s,[1] which the duo consider the most appealing era. Bangalter clarified that "it's not that we can't make crazy futuristic sounding stuff, but we wanted to play with the past". The duo noted that the session players were enthusiastic to reunite in the context of the new album and the perceived prestige of the studio locations.[3][18] Drummer Omar Hakim
Omar Hakim
recalled being asked by Daft Punk
Daft Punk
to perform on the album, and was surprised by what they wanted of him. He at first assumed that the duo wanted electronic drum work, since Hakim had done some drum programming in his career. Daft Punk
Daft Punk
instead specified that they were looking to record Hakim performing acoustic drum riffs that the duo had conceived. Rather than play out the entire structure of a song, Hakim would perform individual patterns for extended periods, thus creating a library for the duo to cull from.[19] Daft Punk conveyed their ideas to session musicians via sheet music and in some instances by humming melodies.[20] Bangalter recalled an example in which he hummed a complex drum and bass line to Hakim, who replicated and improved upon it for the track "Giorgio by Moroder".[21] Most of the vocal sessions took place in Paris, whereas the rhythm sections were recorded in the United States.[3] The album incorporates a variety of accompanying performances including a horn section, woodwind instruments, a string orchestra and choir.[22][23] Orchestral parts in particular were recorded for almost every track, but were only included on a few songs in the final product.[20] The use of such performers and places came at great monetary expense, as noted by Bangalter: "There used to be a time where people that had means to experiment would do it, you know? That's what this record is about."[22] He estimated a cost of over one million dollars, but felt that the number was not important.[24] Bangalter stated that the sessions were financed by Daft Punk
Daft Punk
themselves, which allowed them the luxury of abandoning the project if they had so wished.[25] He also specified that "there are songs on the album that traveled into five studios over two and a half years."[3]

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
locations including Capitol Studios
Capitol Studios
were used to record the album.

Various sound effects were newly recorded with the help of film experts from Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Bangalter noted one example in which the sound of a busy restaurant was achieved by placing microphones in front of the forks of a group of people.[26] In another instance, the effect of dripping water was recorded on a soundstage.[27] Use of electronics was limited to drum machines that appear on only two tracks, a large custom-built Modcan modular synthesizer performed live by the duo, and vintage vocoders.[3][27] When asked which of the two Daft Punk
Daft Punk
members performed the robotic vocals on the album, Bangalter expressed that it did not matter.[22] The duo produced most of the vocoder tracks in their own private studio in Paris, with later processing done by Mick Guzauski at Capitol.[28] Moroder elaborated that Daft Punk
Daft Punk
would take "a week or so" to find an adequate vocoder sound, and an additional few days to record the lyrics.[29] Although the duo felt that the presets and parameters of digital tools would inhibit creativity and innovation,[4] they admitted that Random Access Memories could not have been made in the complete absence of computer technology.[20] The sessions were recorded simultaneously onto Ampex
Ampex
reels and as Pro Tools
Pro Tools
tracks; Daft Punk
Daft Punk
and Guzauski would then listen to each recording in both analogue and digital iterations, deciding which of the two they preferred. Subsequently, the elements were edited by the duo with Pro Tools
Pro Tools
in a manner similar to how they would work with samples.[28] In an interview conducted in November 2012 by Guitar World
Guitar World
magazine, Fourplay
Fourplay
member Nathan East
Nathan East
mentioned that he had contributed to the project.[30] The percussionist Quinn also stated that he performed on "every drum [he] own[s]" for the album.[31] Pedal steel guitar
Pedal steel guitar
work on the record was performed by Greg Leisz. Daft Punk
Daft Punk
sought to use the instrument in a way that bordered between electronic and acoustic.[26] Additional session players include John "J.R." Robinson, Paul Jackson, Jr., James Genus, Thomas Bloch
Thomas Bloch
and Chris Caswell.[9][16][18][32] Composition[edit] Theme and influences[edit] Bangalter described the album's title as encapsulating Daft Punk's interest in the past, referencing both random-access memory technology and the human experience: "We were drawing a parallel between the brain and the hard drive – the random way that memories are stored."[3] Daft Punk
Daft Punk
felt that while current technology allows for an unlimited capacity to store recorded material, the content produced by contemporary artists had diminished in quality. Their goal was therefore to maximize the potential of infinite storage by recording a sprawling amount of elements. The duo pointed to the process as being further inspiration for the album's title, as they sought to make connections out of the random series of ideas.[25] Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
has been noted by music critics as a disco album.[33][34][35] Regarding the style of the album, they sought a "west coast vibe", referencing such acts as Fleetwood Mac, the Doobie Brothers and the Eagles.[36] Daft Punk
Daft Punk
also acknowledged that the record pays homage to Michael Jackson, the Cars and Steely Dan. The recording of live synthesizer parts was done in a progressive rock fashion, with the pop sensibilities of Wizzard
Wizzard
and the Move.[18] Daft Punk specifically looked to the albums Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
and The Dark Side of the Moon
The Dark Side of the Moon
by Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
as models.[4] Bangalter felt that "the most important records in music, whether it's Led Zeppelin [...] or The White Album
Album
or Sgt. Pepper's... or Quadrophenia
Quadrophenia
or Tommy, are the ones that take you on a journey for miles and miles."[37] Structure[edit]

Nile Rodgers
Nile Rodgers
appears on three songs on the album, including its lead single "Get Lucky".

The initial demos of Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
were created without a clear plan for an album.[3] Over the course of the sessions, numerous tracks were created and discarded.[25] At one point Daft Punk
Daft Punk
had considered sorting the entire album into one continuous track, similar to the Prince record Lovesexy. They had also considered releasing it as a four-disc box set to accommodate the large volume of content produced.[20] Thus the album lacked structure until the final months of production.[18] The opening track, "Give Life Back to Music", features guitar work by Rodgers and Paul Jackson, Jr., drums by John "J.R." Robinson, and lyrics performed by Daft Punk
Daft Punk
using vocoders.[38] The song reflects the duo's goal to create a light yet polished and elegant record.[9] As stated by NME, the album begins with "a stupendously vast rock intro that obliterates any trace of Human After All's brittle techno".[39] The following track, "The Game of Love", also features vocoder singing by the duo. Bangalter said, "There’s this thing today where the recorded human voice is processed to try to feel robotic." He explained that the duo's intention was to produce robotic vocals with expressiveness and emotion.[3][9] "Giorgio by Moroder" was created to serve as a metaphor about musical freedom. The duo believed that a monologue by Moroder about his career would be an analogue for music's history regarding exploration of genres and tastes.[9]

Chilly Gonzales
Chilly Gonzales
was tasked with creating a transition on the song "Within" that would modulate to the key of subsequent tracks.

"Within" was one of the first tracks to be recorded for the album. It features Gonzales on piano with minimal accompaniment consisting of bass and a percussion track, as well as vocoder.[9][40] In the context of the album, "Within" marks the transition from the key of A minor
A minor
of the previous three songs, to the key of B-flat minor
B-flat minor
of subsequent tracks.[41] Regarding the lyrics, critic Nick Stevenson observed, "A deep vocoder sings about not understanding the world, being lost and not even remembering his own name."[23] Jeremy Abbott of Mixmag
Mixmag
added, "So many things I don't understand is the prominent lyric and Chilly's chords combined with grazing cymbals make for a beautiful summer lullaby."[42]

The Strokes
The Strokes
lead singer Julian Casablancas
Julian Casablancas
provided vocals for the song "Instant Crush".

"Instant Crush" was based on a demo that Daft Punk
Daft Punk
presented to Julian Casablancas; he became enthused upon hearing it and provided vocals.[9] The song contains rock influences and a guitar solo.[40] Critic John Balfe considered it "appropriately Strokes-ish, even if [Casablancas'] trademark drawl is fed quite substantially through a vocoder."[43] De Homem-Christo noted, "It is true that it is not his usual register, it is the way Julian reacted to the track so for us it is even more exciting."[44] "Lose Yourself to Dance" features Pharrell Williams and was the result of a desire to create dance music with live drummers. To that end, Robinson appears as session player.[9][18] A vocoder chant of "come on" appears in the song alongside Pharrell Williams's singing.[39] "Touch" features lyrics written and performed by Paul Williams. Daft Punk noted that the song is the most complex piece on the record, being composed of over 250 elements.[9] As Pitchfork observed, "the song warps and bends, floating through genres, epochs, and emotions with a sense of hallucinatory wonder" and recalls the Beatles song "A Day in the Life".[20] In Rolling Stone, Will Hermes
Will Hermes
observes, "It's completely ridiculous. It's also remarkably beautiful and affecting."[45] Louis Lepron of Kombini believed the multitude of styles and science fiction aesthetics on the track is an homage to musical films including Phantom of the Paradise, the soundtrack of which Williams had composed.[40] The song's opening is a specific reference to a scene in the film in which the title character's voice is gradually enhanced in a studio booth.[21] De Homem-Christo stated that "Touch" is "like the core of the record, and the memories of the other tracks are revolving around it."[20] "Get Lucky" is the second song on the album to feature Pharrell Williams, who clarified that the title phrase does not simply refer to a sexual act, but to the potential fortune of finding chemistry with another person. When he had first heard the song, Pharrell Williams said it evoked the image of a "peachy color[ed]" sunrise on an exotic island.[46] Daft Punk
Daft Punk
discussed the concept of the song "Beyond" with Paul Williams, who then translated the ideas into lyrics for it. The track begins with an orchestral string section and timpani before settling into what NME
NME
called "reupholstered Warren G
Warren G
'Regulate' grooves".[39] Stevenson similarly described "Beyond" as "a lot like the sample used in Nate Dogg and Warren G’s ‘Regulate’",[23] Michael McDonald's song "I Keep Forgettin'",[47] which he noted as "no bad thing", and stated that the vocoder-affected lyrics detail "the existential world beyond oceans and mountains – a land beyond love."[23] "Motherboard" was described by Daft Punk
Daft Punk
as being "a futuristic composition that could be from the year 4000".[9] A review elaborated that the instrumental piece can "carry you away like a track by Sébastien Tellier".[40] Todd Edwards
Todd Edwards
commented that the lyrics of "Fragments of Time" were inspired by his desire to capture the moments he experienced during his visit to the duo's studio sessions in California.[36] "Doin' It Right" was the last song to be recorded and features vocals performed by Panda Bear. The duo referred to it as the only purely electronic piece on the album, with a modern style.[9] The closing track, "Contact", is co-produced by DJ Falcon and features a sample of the song "We Ride Tonight" by Australian rock band the Sherbs.[16] The Japan-exclusive bonus track "Horizon", written by Bangalter and de Homem Christo, is a slow-tempo composition reminiscent of Pink Floyd. It is characterized by a consistent guitar strum while several additional instruments are progressively layered over, including a bass guitar and drums. The song is stylistically different from other tracks on the album, and is one of the few to feature no lyrics.[48][49] Promotion and release[edit] In January 2013, de Homem-Christo first revealed that Daft Punk
Daft Punk
was in the process of signing with Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment
through the Columbia Records
Columbia Records
label, and that the album would have a spring release. A report from The Guardian
The Guardian
followed specifying a release date of May 2013.[50] On 26 February 2013, Daft Punk's official website and Facebook
Facebook
page announced the signing to Columbia with a picture of the duo's helmets, and a "Columbia" logo in the corner.[51] Billboards and posters featuring the helmets and logo then appeared in several major cities.[52] On 2 March, a 15-second television ad aired during Saturday Night Live (SNL) depicting an animated, stylized version of the band's logo and the aforementioned image of the helmets.[53][54] The music featured in the ad was a result of the collaboration with Rodgers, who noted that various fan remixes of the clip appeared online after the airing.[5][55] A second TV ad also premiered that was similar to the first on Saturday Night Live, but with a different music clip and the title Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
in place of the stylized Daft Punk logo.[54] During the first night of Coachella Festival 2013, a third trailer debuted that featured Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
and Rodgers performing, as well as a list of collaborators on the album.[56] The trailer also aired during Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
the following evening, but without a list of collaborators.[57] The gradual rollout of promotion was inspired by advertising of the past, reflecting the theme of the album.[3] Daft Punk
Daft Punk
approached Columbia with a specific agenda for the campaign; Rob Stringer of the label recalled that the duo had showed him the book Rock 'n' Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip as an example of what they wanted.[58] Bangalter felt that physical billboards are more affecting than banner ads and that "SNL is this part of American culture with a certain timelessness to it."[3] The campaign was handled by a small group led by Daft Punk
Daft Punk
and manager Paul Hahn, with assistance from Kathryn Frazier of the public-relations firm Biz 3.[58] The duo had pursued Columbia in particular because of its long-standing history, as expressed by Bangalter: "It felt interesting conceptually to write this story with a record company like Columbia, with a 125-year legacy."[27] Furthermore, the vinyl labels of the album feature the classic yellow on red Columbia label used on records during said time period. Central to the promotion was the limiting of exposure to the album's content, as well as a focus on face-to-face contact for press previews. As Hahn stated, "There is a minimalism in our approach that creates an absence of information, and we notice our fans tend to throw themselves into the breach, or try to fill the empty spaces."[58] The album's track titles were initially withheld from online retailers and later revealed through Columbia's Vine account on 16 April 2013 as a video relaying a series of images.[59] Following a reported leak of the song days earlier, "Get Lucky" was released as a digital download single on 19 April 2013.[60] On 13 May, Daft Punk's official Vevo
Vevo
channel posted a video revealing the artwork packaging of the vinyl version of the album, as well as the first few seconds of the opening track.[61][62][63] Later that day, a limited-time preview stream of the full album was launched via the iTunes Store.[64][65] Daft Punk
Daft Punk
were scheduled to appear on 6 August episode of The Colbert Report to promote Random Access Memories, but were unable to do so because of conflicting obligations regarding the duo's future appearance at the 2013 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards. According to Stephen Colbert, Daft Punk
Daft Punk
were unaware of any exclusivity agreement and were halted by MTV
MTV
executives the morning prior to the taping.[66][67] Colbert nevertheless broadcast an elaborate sketch of himself dancing to "Get Lucky" with various celebrities, including Hugh Laurie, Jeff Bridges, Jimmy Fallon, Bryan Cranston, Jon Stewart, Henry Kissinger, Matt Damon, and the Rockettes.[68][69] Columbia released a deluxe box set of Random Access Memories containing a 56-page hardcover book, the vinyl edition of the album, a partial 70 mm film strip of the "Lose Yourself to Dance" video, and USB drives containing bonus audio as well as video content.[70] The Collaborators[edit]

Excerpts of the lead single "Get Lucky", featuring Pharrell Williams, appear in The Collaborators.

The Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
official website features a video series called The Collaborators, directed by Ed Lachman and produced by The Creators Project, a partnership between Intel
Intel
and Vice. Eight episodes were released in the series, which features interviews with participant artists that were involved in the making of the album. All featured album artists appear in the series with the exception of Casablancas, who would go on to appear prominently in the music video for "Instant Crush". Excerpts of the lead single "Get Lucky" appear in the opening and ending of each Collaborators episode as well as excerpts of other songs from the album, corresponding to each featured musician. The first episode features disco pioneer Moroder speaking about his experiences with the genre such as his records with Donna Summer
Donna Summer
and experimenting with synthesizers. Moroder also talks about his visit with Daft Punk
Daft Punk
in their recording studio. When asked how he first found out about the duo, he replied that he first heard their 2000 single "One More Time" and especially liked the breakdown middle section. He concluded that he views Daft Punk
Daft Punk
as "perfectionists" and described the album's style as "something [...] different. Still dance, still electronic; but [they] give that human touch back".[29][71] Episode two revealed that Edwards had contributed to the album; he expressed that it was difficult keeping his involvement a secret. Edwards had previously collaborated with Daft Punk
Daft Punk
to create the song "Face to Face" on the 2001 album Discovery. He summarized his experience in the studio recording "Fragments of Time" as being life-changing, as the sessions inspired him to move from New Jersey to California
California
on a permanent basis. Edwards also pointed out the irony of "two androids [...] bringing soul back to music".[36][72] The third episode features Rodgers, who spoke of his background as a founding member of Chic, as well as his numerous collaborations with other artists throughout his career, such as David Bowie, Madonna, and Duran Duran. He expressed that working with Daft Punk
Daft Punk
"[felt] like [...] working with contemporaries" and that they motivated each other to excel when collaborating on the album. At the end of the episode, Rodgers played a portion of a then-unspecified song in which he participated, which was later identified as "Lose Yourself to Dance", and remarked that the duo's style has evolved whilst simultaneously exploring music's past, suggesting that "they went back to go forward."[73][74] Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
participated in the fourth episode in which he elaborated on his experience with the creation of the album. Pharrell remarked upon the organic sound of the album, surmising that it "feels like the only click track they had was [...] the human heartbeat". He felt that the record can be enjoyed by people of all ages due to the accessible nature of music, and concluded that Daft Punk
Daft Punk
"could just get back on the spaceship that brought them here and go, and leave us. But they're gracious, they're nice robots. They chose to stay".[46][75]

Panda Bear of Animal Collective
Animal Collective
provided vocals for the song "Doin' It Right".

Episode five features Noah Lennox, better known by his stage name Panda Bear, who spoke about his contribution to the album as well as his history with the band Animal Collective. He had first heard of Daft Punk
Daft Punk
through the music video of the song "Around the World", which introduced him to many aspects of electronic dance music. He added that Homework was one of the few albums he and his older brother both enjoyed. Regarding Random Access Memories, Lennox remarked upon the approach of having live musicians, but structuring their performances in a minimal, sample-like fashion.[76][77] For the sixth episode, Gonzales spoke about his contribution to the album. He recalled Daft Punk's visible joy in listening to the raw session recordings made early in the production of the album, as well as the impending years-long challenge that would be faced in completing the record. Gonzales expressed that the duo were aware of how the keys of each song would contribute to the emotional progression of the album as a whole. He therefore performed the piano in the song "Within" to accommodate the cycle. Gonzales concluded by pointing out that Daft Punk
Daft Punk
rarely collaborate with others, and thus felt that they did so on Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
to "make the work be transcendent".[41][78] The seventh episode features Stéphane Quême, otherwise known as DJ Falcon, who spoke of first meeting Daft Punk
Daft Punk
when the duo began recording their debut album Homework. Quême noted that the group's sound had changed since their debut, and that each of their albums had had a distinct influence. He also felt that the recording of Random Access Memories was such that a producer could potentially sample a track from it in the same way that Daft Punk
Daft Punk
themselves had sampled older records in their previous albums. Quême concluded that the duo were always sincere and although their first single was released 20 years ago, it still felt modern.[79][80] Episode eight features Paul Williams, who likened Daft Punk's personas to a character from the film Phantom of the Paradise, in which he starred. He also added that their masks hide who they are from the public and allow the listeners to enjoy the music for what it is. Paul Williams worked with the duo at Henson Recording Studios, the former studio of A&M Records where he had worked previously, including his compositions for Jim Henson's films featuring the Muppets, such as "Rainbow Connection". He also stated that the song he penned was to be sung from the point of view of an unidentified first person, setting the emotion, but the lyrics came from the music itself. Paul Williams said that he felt vulnerable while writing the record, and said he writes best when he is allowed to be honest and vulnerable, a situation that Daft Punk
Daft Punk
allowed. He also stated that his sobriety added a sense of wonder to the song he wrote, as every day for him being sober has been wonderful compared to his prior life of excess.[80][81] Global album launch[edit] The 79th Annual Wee Waa
Wee Waa
Show, held on 17 May 2013 in the rural Australian town of Wee Waa, was selected as the venue for the worldwide album launch.[82] The tickets for the Wee Waa
Wee Waa
album launch were completely sold within thirteen minutes of release, even though it was widely understood that Daft Punk
Daft Punk
would not be in attendance at the launch—the album launch details revealed that the album would be streamed live to the 4,000 audience members. Australian police in the local Wee Waa
Wee Waa
area initiated Operation Hadrian to prevent alcohol-related problems and anti-social behaviour at the launch event.[83] Sony commissioned the design and construction of a custom-built stage for the Wee Waa
Wee Waa
album launch event, and the Daft Arts production house assembled a LED circular music space that became Australia's biggest-ever outdoor dance floor. The record label described the creation, which was illuminated by a giant disco ball and complemented by four speaker towers and flood lights, as "Saturday Night Fever meets Close Encounters of the Third Kind".[82][84] The prelude to the streaming of the album was a pyrotechnic show provided by Father Anthony Koppman and his company "Holy Smoke" from Guyra, New South Wales.[85] Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Aggregate scores

Source Rating

AnyDecentMusic? 7.9/10[86]

Metacritic 87/100[87]

Review scores

Source Rating

AllMusic [88]

The A.V. Club B+[89]

The Daily Telegraph [90]

Entertainment Weekly A[91]

The Guardian [92]

The Independent [93]

NME 10/10[94]

Pitchfork 8.8/10[95]

Rolling Stone [45]

Spin 8/10[33]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album gained an average score of 87, based on 47 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim"[87] and scoring higher than any other album by the duo.[96] Q referred to it as "by some margin Daft Punk's best album in a career that's already redefined dance music at least twice. It is, in short, a mind blower."[38] The Independent
The Independent
stated, " Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
breathes life into the safe music that dominates today’s charts, with its sheer ambition…It's an exciting journey, and one that, for all its musical twists and turns, has its feet planted on the dancefloor."[93] Melissa Maerz of Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
called it "a headphones album in an age of radio singles; a bravura live performance that stands out against pro forma knob-twiddling; a jazzy disco attack on the basic house beat; a full collaboration at a time when the superstar DJ stands alone." She concluded her review by saying that "if EDM is turning humans into robots, Daft Punk
Daft Punk
are working hard to make robot pop feel human again."[91] Several critics commented on the variety of content on the album. NME said, "There's a creeping notion that every musical idea that's ever been so much as thought up is on this album."[39] In addition, Random Access Memories is ranked #497 on NME's list, "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time".[97] Mark Richardson of Pitchfork echoed this sentiment, calling the record "a mix of disco, soft rock, and prog-pop, along with some Broadway-style pop bombast and even a few pinches of their squelching stadium-dance aesthetic". Richardson praised the engineering and recording on the album, but did say that "though everything about RAM, from the session musicians to the guests to the means of production, is meant to sound more 'human,' the album at points sounds more sterile, almost too perfect."[95] Pitchfork deemed the album the seventh best of 2013.[98] DJ Magazine
DJ Magazine
commented on the shift in Daft Punk's musical style: "While Daft Punk
Daft Punk
clearly want to move on and evolve, ditching the electronic beats, house and techno that first elevated them to fame, it's that music that forms the bedrock of their best tunes, and still, that's what they're best at making."[99] Resident Advisor
Resident Advisor
stated that "it's an album rooted in a now-ancient aesthetic: '70s staples, like crisply recorded California studio music, or the kind of deceptively sophisticated New York disco that Nile Rogers [sic], one of the album's key guest artists, popularized with Chic."[100] In a four-and-a-half star review, Heather Phares of AllMusic said that the record "taps into the wonder and excitement" of music from the 1970s and early 1980s. Phares concluded her review by saying, " Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
is also Daft Punk's most personal work, and richly rewarding for listeners willing to spend time with it."[88] Aaron Payne of musicOMH wrote, " Daft Punk
Daft Punk
somehow misplace the wit and the light touch that's pretty much their trademark. Instead, these long epics become somewhat tedious and there is a strong whiff of egoism and self-indulgence.…At over 70 minutes, the album feels rather bloated. Quite a few of the songs are too long, or too empty of ideas, or too willing to repeat themselves, or too willing to play to type".[101] Dan Weiss of Paste noted that "none of the admittedly eclectic pilferings of Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
challenge or defy anything. They all evoke specific eras of film soundtrack or disco trend. The beats have grown less, not more, complex over time."[34] Accolades[edit] Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
received Grammy Awards for Album
Album
of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album
Album
and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. The lead single, "Get Lucky", also won for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.[102] "Get Lucky" had previously been nominated for Best Song of the Summer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
2013 MTV Video Music Awards
and Best Song at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards.[103][104] In January 2015, the album was placed at number 9 on Billboard's list of "The 20 Best Albums of 2010s (so far)".[105]

Year Ceremony Nominated work Recipient(s) Category Result

2013 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards[103] "Get Lucky" Daft Punk Best Song of the Summer Nominated

MTV
MTV
Europe Music Awards[104] Daft Punk
Daft Punk
and Pharrell Williams Best Song Nominated

2014 Grammy Awards[102] Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
and Nile Rodgers Thomas Bangalter
Thomas Bangalter
and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, producers; Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta and Daniel Lerner, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer Record of the Year Won

Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
and Nile Rodgers Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Won

Random Access Memories Daft Punk Julian Casablancas, DJ Falcon, Todd Edwards, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Panda Bear, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams and Pharrell Williams, featured artists; Thomas Bangalter, Julian Casablancas, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, DJ Falcon and Todd Edwards, producers; Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta, Guillaume Le Braz and Daniel Lerner, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer Album
Album
of the Year Won

Daft Punk Best Dance/Electronica Album Won

Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta and Daniel Lerner, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Won

Commercial performance[edit] Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
debuted at number one on the French Albums Chart with first-week sales of 195,013 copies (127,361 physical sales and 67,652 digital sales),[106] earning Daft Punk
Daft Punk
their first number-one album in France.[107] The next week, it sold 49,600 copies to remain at the top spot with a 75% sales decrease.[108] The album secured a third consecutive week atop the French chart, withstanding a 29% sales drop to 35,500 copies.[109] Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart with 165,091 copies sold in its first week,[110] becoming the duo's first UK number-one album,[111] as well as the second fastest-selling artist album of 2013 after One Direction's Midnight Memories.[112][113] The album remained at number one on the UK chart the following week, selling 52,801 copies.[114] In its third week, it fell to number three on sales of 28,182 copies.[115] In the United States, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 339,000 copies, the duo's first number one album on the chart.[116] The album maintained the number one spot in its second week, selling 93,000 copies.[117] In the album's third week of release, it sold an additional 62,000 copies, while falling to number two on the Billboard 200.[118] The album's vinyl LP format also proved popular; it was 2013's top-selling LP, with 49,000 US copies shifted.[119] The album had sold 922,000 copies in the US as of January 2014.[120] On 6 February 2014, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[121] Following the duo's Album
Album
of the Year win at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
jumped from number 39 to number 10 on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
with a 300% sales increase, selling 30,000 copies that week.[122] Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
entered the Canadian Albums Chart at number one with 46,000 copies sold, the biggest one-week sales total in Canada of 2013.[123] The album remained at number one the next week, selling 17,000 copies.[124] In Japan, the album debuted at number three on the Oricon
Oricon
Weekly Albums Chart, selling 25,970 copies.[125] The album debuted at number one in several countries across continental Europe, including Austria,[126] Belgium,[127] Czech Republic,[128] Denmark (where the album sold 5,392 copies in its first week),[129] Finland,[130] Germany,[131] Ireland,[132] Italy,[133] Norway,[134] Portugal,[135] Spain[136] and Switzerland.[137] In Oceania, Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
debuted at number one in Australia and New Zealand; it was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and gold by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) in its first week.[138][139] As of 2014, Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
has sold 3.2 million copies worldwide.[140] Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "Give Life Back to Music"

Thomas Bangalter Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo Paul Jackson, Jr. Nile Rodgers

4:34

2. "The Game of Love"

Bangalter de Homem-Christo

5:21

3. "Giorgio by Moroder"

Bangalter de Homem-Christo Giovanni "Giorgio" Moroder

9:04

4. "Within"

Bangalter Jason "Chilly Gonzales" Beck de Homem-Christo

3:48

5. "Instant Crush" (featuring Julian Casablancas)

Bangalter Julian Casablancas de Homem-Christo

5:37

6. "Lose Yourself to Dance" (featuring Pharrell Williams)

Bangalter de Homem-Christo Rodgers Pharrell Williams

5:53

7. "Touch" (featuring Paul Williams)

Bangalter Christopher Paul Caswell de Homem-Christo Paul Williams Jr.

8:18

8. "Get Lucky" (featuring Pharrell Williams)

Bangalter de Homem-Christo Rodgers Pharrell Williams

6:08

9. "Beyond"

Bangalter Caswell de Homem-Christo Paul Williams Jr.

4:50

10. "Motherboard"

Bangalter de Homem-Christo

5:41

11. "Fragments of Time" (featuring Todd Edwards)

Bangalter de Homem-Christo Todd Imperatrice

4:39

12. "Doin' It Right" (featuring Panda Bear)

Bangalter de Homem-Christo Noah Lennox

4:11

13. "Contact"

Bangalter de Homem-Christo Stéphane Quême Garth Porter Tony Mitchell Daryl Braithwaite

6:21

Total length: 74:25

Japanese edition bonus track[141]

No. Title Writer(s) Length

14. "Horizon"

Bangalter de Homem-Christo

4:24

Total length: 78:49

Deluxe box set edition bonus tracks[142]

No. Title Writer(s) Length

14. "Horizon"

Bangalter de Homem-Christo

4:24

15. "Get Lucky" ( Daft Punk
Daft Punk
Remix)

Bangalter de Homem-Christo Rodgers Pharrell Williams

10:33

Total length: 89:22

Personnel[edit] Adapted from the liner notes.[16] Featured artists[edit]

Daft Punk
Daft Punk
– vocals (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 12), modular synthesizer (tracks 1, 3, 7, 12, 13), synthesizer (tracks 2, 5, 8, 9, 14), keyboards (tracks 3, 4, 5, 11), guitar (track 5), production, concept, art direction Panda Bear – vocals (track 12) Julian Casablancas
Julian Casablancas
– vocals, lead guitar and co-production (track 5) Todd Edwards
Todd Edwards
– vocals and co-production (track 11) DJ Falcon – modular synthesizer and co-production (track 13) Chilly Gonzales
Chilly Gonzales
– keyboards (track 1), piano (track 4) Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder
– voice (track 3) Nile Rodgers
Nile Rodgers
– guitar (tracks 1, 6, 8) Paul Williams – vocals and lyrics (track 7), lyrics (track 9) Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
– vocals (tracks 6, 8)

Additional musicians[edit]

Greg Leisz
Greg Leisz
– pedal steel guitar (tracks 1–3, 9, 10, 14), lap steel guitar (tracks 7, 9) Chris Caswell – keyboards (tracks 1–4, 7–11, 14), orchestration, arrangements Paul Jackson, Jr.
Paul Jackson, Jr.
– guitar (tracks 1–3, 7–11, 14) Nathan East
Nathan East
– bass (tracks 1–6, 8, 11, 14) James Genus
James Genus
– bass (tracks 3, 7, 9–11, 13) John "J.R." Robinson – drums (tracks 1–2, 4–6, 14) Omar Hakim
Omar Hakim
– drums (tracks 3, 7–11, 13), percussion (track 10) Quinn – percussion (tracks 1, 3–5, 7, 10, 11), drums (track 7) Thomas Bloch
Thomas Bloch
– ondes Martenot (track 7), cristal baschet (track 10)

Production[edit]

Bob Ludwig
Bob Ludwig
– mastering Chab (Antoine Chabert) – mastering Paul Hahn – management Cédric Hervet – creative director, cover art Warren Fu – cover art, illustrations Mick Guzauski – recording, mixing engineer Peter Franco – recording engineer Florian Lagatta – recording engineer Daniel Lerner – digital audio engineer

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak position

Australian Albums (ARIA)[143] 1

Australian Dance Albums (ARIA)[144] 1

Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[126] 1

Belgian Albums ( Ultratop Flanders)[127] 1

Belgian Albums ( Ultratop Wallonia)[145] 1

Canadian Albums (Billboard)[146] 1

Croatian Albums (HDU)[147] 6

Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[128] 1

Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[148] 1

Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[149] 2

Estonian Albums (Raadio 2)[150] 4

Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[130] 1

French Albums (SNEP)[107] 1

German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[131] 1

Greek Albums (IFPI)[151] 3

Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[152] 1

Irish Albums (IRMA)[132] 1

Italian Albums (FIMI)[133] 1

Japanese Albums (Oricon)[125] 1

Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)[153] 1

New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[154] 1

Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[134] 1

Polish Albums (ZPAV)[155] 4

Portuguese Albums (AFP)[135] 1

Scottish Albums (OCC)[156] 1

Slovenian Albums Chart (Val 202)[157] 7

South Korean Albums (Gaon)[158] 1

Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[136] 1

Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[159] 2

Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[137] 1

UK Albums (OCC)[160] 1

US Billboard 200[161] 1

US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[162] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position

Argentine Albums (CAPIF)[163] 22

Australian Albums (ARIA)[164] 5

Australian Dance Albums (ARIA)[165] 1

Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[166] 17

Belgian Albums ( Ultratop Flanders)[167] 3

Belgian Albums ( Ultratop Wallonia)[168] 4

Canadian Albums (Billboard)[169] 12

Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[170] 16

Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[171] 11

French Albums (SNEP)[172] 2

German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[173] 22

Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[174] 66

Irish Albums (IRMA)[175] 11

Italian Albums (FIMI)[176] 17

Japanese Albums (Oricon)[177] 76

Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)[178] 6

New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[179] 20

Polish Albums (ZPAV)[180] 13

South Korean International Albums (Gaon)[181] 7

Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[182] 31

Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[183] 18

Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[184] 2

UK Albums (OCC)[185] 16

US Billboard 200[186] 19

US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[187] 1

Chart (2014) Position

Australian Albums (ARIA)[188] 87

Australian Dance Albums (ARIA)[189] 9

Belgian Albums ( Ultratop Flanders)[190] 22

Belgian Albums ( Ultratop Wallonia)[191] 11

Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[192] 98

French Albums (SNEP)[193] 12

Italian Albums (FIMI)[194] 68

Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)[195] 30

South Korean International Albums (Gaon)[196] 29

Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[197] 74

Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[198] 46

US Billboard 200[199] 118

US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[200] 2

Chart (2017) Position

US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[201] 17

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales

Australia (ARIA)[202] 2× Platinum 140,000^

Austria (IFPI Austria)[203] Platinum 15,000*

Belgium (BEA)[204] Platinum 30,000*

Canada (Music Canada)[205] 2× Platinum 160,000^

Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[206] Gold 10,000^

Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[207] Gold 17,178[207]

France (SNEP)[208] Diamond 769,300[193]

Germany (BVMI)[209] Platinum 200,000^

Ireland (IRMA)[210] Platinum 15,000^

Italy (FIMI)[211] Platinum 60,000*

Japan (RIAJ)[212] Gold 100,000^

Mexico (AMPROFON)[213] 2× Platinum 120,000^

New Zealand (RMNZ)[214] Platinum 15,000^

Poland (ZPAV)[215] 2× Platinum 40,000*

South Korea

15,225[181][196]

Spain (PROMUSICAE)[182] Gold 20,000^

Sweden (GLF)[216] Platinum 40,000^

Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[217] Platinum 30,000^

United Kingdom (BPI)[218] Platinum 300,000^

United States (RIAA)[121] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit] On 23 March, the album became available for pre-order on the iTunes Store via digital download, revealing a release date of 17 May in Australia, 20 May in the United Kingdom, and 21 May in the United States. It later appeared as an Amazon.com
Amazon.com
pre-order on CD, vinyl and directly from the Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
official website.[54][82][219] The album became available for preview streaming via the iTunes Store on 13 May 2013.[64][65] It was also released for streaming on Spotify, with the lead single, "Get Lucky", topping Spotify's first digital streaming chart in the process.[220]

Region Date Format Label

Australia[221] 17 May 2013

CD LP digital download

Sony Columbia

Belgium[222]

Brazil[223]

Finland[224]

Germany[225]

Ireland[226]

Netherlands[227]

New Zealand[228]

Czech Republic[229] 20 May 2013

Denmark[230]

France[231]

Poland[232]

South Africa[233]

United Kingdom[219]

Canada[234] 21 May 2013

Colombia[235]

Italy[236]

Mexico[237]

Russia[238]

United States[54]

India[239] 22 May 2013

Japan[240]

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External links[edit]

Official website

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Daft Punk

Thomas Bangalter Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo

Studio albums

Homework Discovery Human After All Random Access Memories

Live albums

Alive 1997 Alive 2007

Soundtracks

Tron: Legacy

Remix albums

Daft Club Human After All: Remixes Tron: Legacy Reconfigured

Compilation albums

Musique Vol. 1 1993–2005

Singles

"The New Wave" "Da Funk" "Indo Silver Club" "Around the World" "Burnin'" "Revolution 909" "One More Time" "Aerodynamic" "Digital Love" "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" "Face to Face" "Something About Us" "Robot Rock" "Technologic" "Human After All" "The Prime Time of Your Life" "Derezzed" "Get Lucky" "Lose Yourself to Dance" "Doin' It Right" "Instant Crush" "Give Life Back to Music"

Featured singles

"Starboy" "I Feel It Coming"

Other songs

"The Game of Love" "Giorgio by Moroder" "Fragments of Time" "Contact"

Concert tours

Daftendirektour Alive 2006/2007

Films

D.A.F.T.: A Story About Dogs, Androids, Firemen and Tomatoes Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem Daft Punk's Electroma

Related articles

Discography Songs Awards and nominations Stardust Together Élodie Bouchez Phoenix Darlin' Roulé Crydamoure Daft Punk
Daft Punk
Unchained "Gust of Wind" "Irréversible

Book Category

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Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Album
Album
of the Year

1959–1979

The Music from Peter Gunn
The Music from Peter Gunn
Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1959) Come Dance with Me! – Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1960) The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
(1961) Judy at Carnegie Hall
Judy at Carnegie Hall
Judy Garland
Judy Garland
(1962) The First Family – Vaughn Meader
Vaughn Meader
(1963) The Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Album
Album
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1964) Getz/Gilberto
Getz/Gilberto
– Stan Getz, João Gilberto
João Gilberto
(1965) September of My Years Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1966) A Man and His Music Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1967) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles
The Beatles
(1968) By the Time I Get to Phoenix – Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell
(1969) Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears (1970) Bridge over Troubled Water
Bridge over Troubled Water
– Simon & Garfunkel (1971) Tapestry – Carole King
Carole King
(1972) The Concert for Bangladesh – Various (1973) Innervisions
Innervisions
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1974) Fulfillingness' First Finale
Fulfillingness' First Finale
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1975) Still Crazy After All These Years
Still Crazy After All These Years
Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1976) Songs in the Key of Life
Songs in the Key of Life
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1977) Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
(1978) Saturday Night Fever – Bee Gees/Various (1979)

1980–2000

52nd Street – Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(1980) Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(1981) Double Fantasy
Double Fantasy
John Lennon
John Lennon
and Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono
(1982) Toto IV
Toto IV
– Toto (1983) Thriller – Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1984) Can't Slow Down – Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
(1985) No Jacket Required
No Jacket Required
Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1986) Graceland – Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1987) The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree
– U2 (1988) Faith – George Michael
George Michael
(1989) Nick of Time – Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt
(1990) Back on the Block
Back on the Block
Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
and various artists (1991) Unforgettable... with Love Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
(1992) Unplugged – Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1993) The Bodyguard – Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1994) MTV
MTV
Unplugged – Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(1995) Jagged Little Pill
Jagged Little Pill
Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
(1996) Falling into You
Falling into You
Celine Dion
Celine Dion
(1997) Time Out of Mind – Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
(1998) The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
(1999) Supernatural – Santana (2000)

2001–present

Two Against Nature
Two Against Nature
Steely Dan
Steely Dan
(2001) O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack (2002) Come Away with Me
Come Away with Me
Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2003) Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Outkast
Outkast
(2004) Genius Loves Company
Genius Loves Company
Ray Charles
Ray Charles
and various artists (2005) How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
– U2 (2006) Taking the Long Way
Taking the Long Way
Dixie Chicks
Dixie Chicks
(2007) River: The Joni Letters – Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
(2008) Raising Sand
Raising Sand
Robert Plant
Robert Plant
& Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
(2009) Fearless – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
(2010) The Suburbs
The Suburbs
Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire
(2011) 21 – Adele
Adele
(2012) Babel – Mumford & Sons (2013) Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
Daft Punk
Daft Punk
(2014) Morning Phase
Morning Phase
Beck
Beck
(2015) 1989 – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
(2016) 25 – Adele
Adele
(2017) 24K Magic –

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