Daft Punk Goes Disney with Tron: Legacy

The French electronic music duo Daft Punk returns to the music scene with the soundtrack to the Disney movie Tron: Legacy. Consisting of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, the duo got their breakthrough in 1996 with “Da Funk.” Daft Punk’s biggest hit to date is the 2000 hit “One More Time” which topped the charts in Canada, France and the U.S. Dance chart. It also peaked at No.2 in the UK, making it the biggest hit to date.


The soundtrack album to Tron: Legacy was issued on Dec.6 and has already reached the top of the UK Dance Chart. It is the first film score from Daft Punk. Thomas Bangalter had previously produced the soundtrack to the film Irréversible. In 2007, Kanye West sampled Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” on his UK/US No.1 hit “Stronger.”

Upon returning to the music scene, the soundtrack will be their first release since a live the live album Alive 2007 issued the very same year. A promotional video for the soundtrack cut “Derezzed” has been issued via the official YouTube channel. The song has also been released as an iTunes preorder single. The iTunes release of the album also includes the two bonus tracks “Father and Son” and “Outlands, Pt. II.”

Beatles on iTunes=2m Downloads

Music Week reports that The Beatles have sold 450,000 albums digitally and more than 2m tracks following the availability on iTunes.

In the US, the most popular track was “Here Comes the Sun” (1969). “Hey Jude” (1968)  was the only track to make the UK Top 40 this Sunday.

  • Please read the WelcheMusic blog post about The Beatles’ debut on iTunes here.

Rihanna Denies Take That No.1

Rihanna denies Take That its comeback No.1 as “The Flood,” fails to knock “Only Girl (In the World).” The group has campaigned hard, encouraging fans to support a discounted download via iTunes up until Saturday night when the final sales units were being counted. This means that Rihanna holds the top spot of both the UK and US singles chart – the singer elevated 60-1 on last week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart with “What’s My Name,” a duet with Drake.

McFly returns to the chart with Taio Cruz, whose “Shine a Light” bows at No.4. It’s interesting to note that Adele rebounds 19-9 with “Make You Feel My Love.” The song got renewed interest after being featured on X-Factor.

As previously reported, The Black Eyed Peas bows just outside the top ten with “The Time (Dirty Bit)” at No.11. Former X-Factor winner Shayne Ward bows at No.12 with “Gotta Be Somebody” – a cover of Nickelback’s 2008 hit.


La Roux Takes the Help of Kanye West on Re-make

According to L.A. Times’ music blog, British electropop duo La Roux won America over this past summer with their summer anthem “Bulletproof.” The track bowed atop the UK singles tally upon its release in June 2009. It made No.8 on the Billboard Hot 100 a year later and went on selling 1.7m downloads in the U.S. alone. The single peaked at No.47 in Sweden, making it the only entry on the tally.

The group was formed in 2008 and their first release – “Quicksand” – was released by the French indie label Kitsuné Music in December that year. La Roux second single was “In for the Kill,” a No.2 hit in the UK. The track will finally be issued in the U.S in a re-worked version featuring rapper Kanye West. La Roux’s frontwoman Elly Jackson said in an interview with Pop & Hiss earlier this summer that she always had faith in the single, despite it taking quite some time to catch on with the masses. Elly Jackson returns the favour as a guest star on West’s single “All of the Lights.” The list of A-list guests includes Elton John, Rihanna, Alica Keys, Fergie, John Legend, The Dream, Tony Williams, Kid Cudie, Charlie Wilson and Ryan Leslie. The track bowed on iTunes on Nov.2.

  • Listen to the new version with Kanye West here, via Spotify UK
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