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 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 album released by Columbia Records.
Random Access Memories received critical acclaim, scoring an 87 out of 100 on review aggregator site 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 of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, and “Get Lucky” won for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.