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Record sold 68,000 copies in two days in the UK
So Pharrell has 2013 firmly in his back-pocket. He's up for 7 Grammys in total - one for 'Producer of the Year', two for 'Album of the Year' (on Kendrick Lamar's 'Good Kid, M.A.A.D city' and Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories') and a further two for 'Record of the Year' - the ubiquitous 'Get Lucky' and controversial dance-floor filler 'Blurred Lines'.
US singer claims people in the UK do not 'get' his controversial song
The Official Charts Company claims that 2013 will be the biggest year in history for singles sales in Britain
In a product placement deal that was waiting to happen, Daft Punk have created a range of ‘Get Lucky’ condoms with Durex.
New redesign focuses on music but cuts out loyal users
The singer said he couldn't 'dignify ridiculous criticism with response'
In this age of the spectacle, music increasingly matters less than the event surrounding the music - this year has seen Daft Punk's album applauded as much for its marketing campaign as for any intrinsic musical value it may have, and now we have Jay-Z's new album, notable largely for the deal struck with Samsung to deliver a million free downloads to its customers, at a cost of $5 apiece to the company, three days prior to its official release.
It might currently be topping the UK singles charts, but R&B artist Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has been criticised by a UK rape charity and online commentators for trivialising sexual violence, objectifying women and "reinforcing rape myths".
Jay-Z’s forthcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail is set go platinum before its official release thanks to a deal with Samsung.
Magna Carta Holy Grail will be available to users for three, three days before public release
The heavy rock trailblazers have set a new UK chart record - and beaten Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye
‘Random Access Memories’ ushers in a disco renaissance
Critics find little fault in Daft Punk's first album in eight years, which has its feet planted on the dance floor despite a few musical twists and turns
Rod Stewart's first album of self-penned songs in 20 years has gone straight to the top of the UK album charts.
Dust off the glitter ball and dig out your Spandex – disco is back at the top of the charts. Samuel Muston explains why