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339K 'RAM' powers Daft Punk to No. 1 on 'Billboard'

9:02 PM, May 29, 2013   |    comments
Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' is popular in all digital formats. (Photo: Matt Sayles/Invision via AP)
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(USA TODAY) -- Daft Punk's Random Access Memories enters Billboard at No. 1 after selling 339,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the French electro-dance duo's highest sales week and the second-highest start of the year, behind the 968,000 tallied in March by Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience.

Daft Punk enjoyed huge numbers on Spotify, with 22 of the service's 28 territories reporting their biggest first-week streaming counts. RAM also broke Mumford & Sons' U.S. first-week record of 8 million streams for Babel. U.S. listeners tuned into every track at least 500,000 times, and one in five Spotify users listened to the album.

Among U.S. and U.K. audiences, Get Lucky had the biggest streaming day for a single track in Spotify history. Globally, the single had the biggest first day ever on Spotify. It has streamed more than 33 million times since its release April 18.

Three debuts follow RAM: Darius Rucker's True Believers at No. 2 with 83,000, The National's Trouble Will Find at No. 3 with 75,000 and French Montana's Excuse My French at No. 4 with 56,000. Behind The Great Gatsby soundtrack, Love Lust Faith + Dreams by Thirty Seconds to Mars opens at No. 6 with 53,000. Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City is No. 7, trailed by George Strait's Love is Everything, Timberlake's 20/20 and Lady Antebellum's Golden.

Can't Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton tops the digital songs chart with 212,000 downloads. The highest debut is Zach Sobiech's Clouds with 156,000. The singer/songwriter died of cancer May 20.

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