After months of savvy promotion and fan excitement, electronic luminaries Daft Punk have launched a live stream of their new full-length, Random Access Memories, via iTunes, today (May 13). The album is set to be officially released through Columbia Records next week (May 21).
While many major music releases are streamed ahead of the official release date, Daft Punk’s sudden launch of Random Access Memories came almost concurrently with an online leak of the record that rapidly spread across the Internet today.
While some listeners were eager to snap up the illegal leak, a few artists took to Twitter to denounce the downloaders, such as stalwart Chicago DJ/producer Tommie Sunshine.
anyone who DL the leak of the Daft Punk album & doesn't buy it can't rightfully speak of it to anyone; they aren't fans.—
Tommie Sunshine (@tommiesunshine) May 13, 2013
With the album’s release date only a week away, Daft Punk spoke to BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe on his popular radio show today (May 13) to discuss what it took to bring the concept for Random Access Memories into reality.