French electronic duo Daft Punk have announced their split after 28 years together. The news was revealed in a video published on the act’s YouTube account.
Formed in Paris in 1993 by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Daft Punk first appeared on the ARIA Charts in April when the single ‘Da Funk’ debuted at #49, going on to peak at #31.
Just a couple of weeks after their Singles Chart debut, Daft Punk hit the Albums Chart for the first time with Homework. The duo’s debut album entered the chart at #48 before peaking at #37 in July 1997.
Daft Punk’s biggest early success in Australia came with the single ‘Around The World’, which peaked at #11 in August 1997. It went on to go Gold and sit at #70 on the 1997 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart.
It would be four years before Daft Punk would appear on the ARIA Charts again, returning in January 2001 with the single ‘One More Time’. Debuting at #46, the single became the duo’s first Top Ten when it peaked at #10 in April of the same year. Spending 23 weeks in the Top 50, ‘One More Time’ was accredited Gold and was #60 in the 2001 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart.
Daft Punk’s second LP Discovery became their first Albums Chart Top Ten when it peaked at #7 in March 2001. Managing to just sneak into the 2001 ARIA End Of Year Albums Chart at #100, the album was accredited Gold.
It was during the Discovery era that the famously publicity-shy duo debuted their now-famous trademark identities: a pair of masked robots.
The guitar-heavy Human After All was released as the duo’s third album March 2005, peaking in Australia at #36. It included the single 'Robot Rock'.
In 2006/07, Daft Punk went on their first tour in a decade. It also turned out to be their final tour. The final five dates on the 48-show run were in Australia in December 2007. A live album documenting the tour’s stop at the Palais Omnisports Bercy in Paris, Alive 2007, was released in late-2007, peaking at #14 in February 2008. One single from the album also charted: ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Alive 2007)’ (#43 Feb. ’08).
Originally released in 2006, the career-spanning compilation Musique Vol 1 (1993-2005) peaked at #47 in April 2008.
The duo’s next project was composing the score to Tron: Legacy. The soundtrack album peaked on the chart at #17 in January 2011.
Daft Punk’s final success to date on the ARIA Charts was their biggest success. Releasing the single ‘Get Lucky’ in April 2013, it became their first #1 when it hit the top spot in its second week on the chart. It went on to be accredited 6x Platinum.
The parent album to ‘Get Lucky’, Random Access Memories debuted at #1 in May 2013, spending two weeks at the top of the Albums Chart. Featuring a plethora of contributors including Pharrell, Nile Rodgers, Julian Casablancas and Giorgio Moroder, the album was accredited 2x Platinum and landed at #5 on the 2013 ARIA End Of Year Albums Chart.
Following Random Access Memories, Daft Punk appeared on the chart with their collaborations with The Weeknd, ‘Starboy’ (#2 Oct. ’16) and ‘I Feel It Coming’ (#7 Jan. ’17).
One of the final releases by the pair was their collaboration with Australian band Parcels on the single ‘Overnight’.