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Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' tops midyear vinyl sales

Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' tops midyear vinyl sales
Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo pose for a portrait in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles / Invision / Associated Press)

The men of Daft Punk have spent many of their recent interviews explaining how they wanted to bring the warmth of human playing to the music on their new album.

So you can bet the French duo was pleased to learn that "Random Access Memories" is the year's biggest-selling vinyl album so far, according to a new report from Nielsen, which tracks music sales and radio airplay and provides charting data to Billboard.

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In the first six months of 2013, the Daft Punk album sold 32,000 copies on vinyl; that's 12,000 copies more than the No. 2 album on the list, Vampire Weekend's "Modern Vampires of the City," and twice as many as No. 3, "... Like Clockwork" by Queens of the Stone Age.

Other albums on the vinyl tally include releases by Mumford & Sons, Atoms for Peace and the Postal Service -- records that helped drive overall vinyl sales up 33.5% compared with this point in 2012.

Total album sales (including CDs, cassettes, vinyl LPs and digital albums) are down 5.6% so far in 2013, according to the Nielsen report.

Listen to Daft Punk's extended remix of the hit "Get Lucky" below.

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