This week on New Hot, we'll look at three albums widely considered to be among the most critically and commercially successful albums of the year so far.
Kanye West — Yeezus
Considered one of the most polarizing figures in modern music, Kanye West has long built a career hinged on controversy. That concept has gotten him a long way though — West has already had six #1 albums, with his debut coming in not far behind at #2. In the United States, he has sold over 12 million albums and 30 million digital downloads. With new record Yeezus, promotion was visibly lacking leading up to its release day, with West even re-recording a majority of the songs only days before it was due to be turned in to Def Jam. Truly a collaborative effort, he brought in over 55 musicians to help with production, not counting a plethora of samples that he employed to create the 10 songs featured.
Daft Punk — Random Access Memories
If there's one band who had a genius promotional campaign for their new album this year, it would have to be Daft Punk. Eight years after their last release, the duo premiered a 15-second clip of "Get Lucky" unannounced during an episode of Saturday Night Live, with a surprise, extended version played during Coachella on the Jumbotron. From there, the hype built to massive levels, with that single already surpassing over 2 million paid downloads. With a slew of famous guests like Pharrell, Giorgio Moroder, Julian Casablancas and Panda Bear, Random Access Memories has gone on to reach the top 10 in over 30 countries and sold over 1 million copies across the world in its first week on the shelves.
Disclosure — Settle
Kanye West and Daft Punk are obvious heavy-hitters to reach such high sales levels, but one baby band really surprised everyone. UK brother duo Disclosure was already getting accolades at home when the rest of the world began picking up on them. At just 19 and 22 years old, they managed to unite some of England's biggest talent for guest vocals: AlunaGeorge, Jessie Ware, Jamie Woon, Ed Macfarlane (of Friendly Fires), Sam Smith, Eliza Doolittle and many others. Settle is already one of the most acclaimed albums of the year across the globe, instantly hitting #1 on the UK charts and breaking in on the Billboard charts at #38, ensuring that many of their forthcoming gigs will be sold out in the blink of an eye.