Artist Highlight : Daft Punk
Daft Punk were a French electronic music duo formed in 1993 in Paris by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. They achieved popularity in the late 1990s as part of the French house movement; they also had success in the years following, combining elements of house music with funk, techno, disco, rock and synthpop. They are regarded as one of the most influential acts in dance music history.
After Bangalter and Homem-Christo's indie rock band Darlin' disbanded, they began experimenting with drum machines and synthesisers. Daft Punk's debut studio album Homework was released by Virgin Records in 1997 to positive reviews, and was backed by singles "Around the World" and "Da Funk". They began wearing ornate helmets, outfits, and gloves to assume robot personas in most public appearances in 1999, and rarely granted interviews or appeared on television. They were managed from 1996 to 2008 by Pedro Winter, the head of Ed Banger Records. Their second album, Discovery, had further success, supported by hit singles "One More Time", "Digital Love" and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger". In March 2005, Daft Punk released their third album, Human After All, to mixed reviews, though the singles "Robot Rock" and "Technologic" achieved success in the United Kingdom. Daft Punk toured throughout 2006 and 2007 and released the live album Alive 2007, which won a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album. They composed the score for the film Tron: Legacy, which was released in 2010 alongside its soundtrack album.
In 2013, Daft Punk left Virgin for Columbia Records and released their fourth album, Random Access Memories, to acclaim; lead single "Get Lucky" reached the top 10 in the charts of 32 countries. Random Access Memories won five Grammy Awards in 2014, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for "Get Lucky". In 2016, Daft Punk gained their first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with the song "Starboy", a collaboration with The Weeknd. Rolling Stone ranked them No. 12 on its list of the 20 Greatest Duos of All Time.
On 22 February 2021, they announced their split with an 8-minute video on their YouTube channel entitled "Epilogue", which featured a scene from their 2006 film Electroma. In the video, the pair bid each other farewell in a desert before one of them walks away and the other self-destructs.