Billboard is reporting what we’d already assumed: Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories is set to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200. By the end of this week, Random Access Memories is projected to have sold at least 300,000 copies, making it the second largest debut week of 2013 (although it pales in comparison to the 968K units sold of Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Expeirence in its first week).
It’s not necessarily shocking, when you consider how much of a push this album got, especially when you think that most of it was caused by, well, us. Not “us” as in the androids at DAD, but the collective “us” who have been eagerly awaiting a new project from Daft Punk. From SNL ads to rumors about them playing at SXSW, Coachella, and the 2014 Ultra Music Festival, there was a lot of non-Daft/Columbia hype going on. Like it or not, there was no way of escaping the media blitz that was Random Access Memories, and luckily for us, they delivered.
And, truth be told, it feels great on this, Daft Punk Week, that they rope in such a success. Congrats, androids.
UPDATE Daft Punk officially debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 339,000 copies. This is Daft Punk’s first solo-album to hit the Billboard Top 10, although the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy did hit #4 in January of 2011.