Daft Punk Innovators

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The success of Daft Punk in 2013 continues. The French electronic music band, which has had an amazing year, has been given the Entertainment Innovator award by American publication The Wall Street Journal.

The bands duo -Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo- was presented with the award by Brazilian model Giselle Bundchen and hip hop star Pharrell Williams who collaborated with them on the track “Get Lucky”.

Bundchen appeared on the cover of the Wall Street Journal’s Innovator issue alongside Daft Punk.

The pair released their first album – “Random Access Memories” in almost a decade earlier this year. Along with Pharrell, the band also collaborated with Nile Rodgers, Todd Edwards and Giorgio Moroder on the EP which reached platinum in six different countries. It was also UK Amazon’s best selling vinyl album of all time.

“Get Lucky” sold around 3 million copies in the USA and more than 1 million in the UK.

Daft Punk gained popularity in their homeland of France in the 1990s before they released their first album – 2005’s “Human After All”.


Billboard’s weekly top five albums

It seems the controversy over the video for Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has helped push the song’s popularity. The song has been the number one tune on several of Billboard’s Top lists for five weeks.

The song which features Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I. heads the Billboard Hot 100 songs list, the number one song on the Radio play list, and is also the top On-Demand song. The song is also the leading tune on the list of R&B//Hip Hop combinations on Digital and Streaming songs.

The song, which is the top song in the Uk and Canada, also heads the list of tunes being selected as mobile ring tones and is the number one Songs of Summer.

Blurred Lines has certainly stirred up some heat this summer.

Earlier in the year the video for the song was banned by YouTube because the video shows nudity. It has also drawn criticism from a rape charity who says the video encourages rape and violence against women.

Miley Cyrus’s We Can’t Stop is the number two song on the Top 100 followed by Imagine Dragons by RadioActive, Get Lucky by Daft Punk, and Treasure by Bruno Mars rounding out the top five.

Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail is number one in the Top 200 Albums list and is also the leading album on the Digital Albums list.


YouTube says yes to Justin Timberlake, no to Robin Thicke

Soul singer Robin Thicke has criticised YouTube after the video for his song Blurred Lines was banned. The video features topless women dancing around on screen.

But the move is even more controversial because a similarly racy video by former boy-bander Justin Timberlake has been allowed to stay. The song, which features Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I.has been criticised as trivializing rape and violence against women.

The chart-topping Thicke has called the criticism ridiculous and responded to rape charity Rape Crisis’s claim that the song “reinforces rape” by saying “I can’t even dignify that with a response.” Meanwhile, Timberlake’s video for the song “Tunnel Vision” remains on YouTube. The video features topless dancers wearing flesh-coloured thongs. The video was initially banned but was later reinstated with a proof-of-age login. YouTube has rules which forbid nudity but gave Timberlake’s video artistic exception.

“We make exceptions when it is presented in an educational , documentary or artistic context, and take care to add appropriate warnings and age restrictions,” a YouTube rep told FOX411.Most persons see the banning of Thicke’s video while allowing Timberlake’s to stand as a double standard.