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Phoenix drop 'Trying to Be Cool' video for the Creators Project: Watch it here

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For French electro-rock masterminds Phoenix, it never seems that being cool takes any effort.

Still, they managed to craft a track called “Trying to Be Cool” anyway, and they’ve paired it with an in-performance video that brings together all of the necessary elements for true coolness: Ladies in bikinis for no reason, guys blowing bubbles, cannons, a Marilyn Monroe tribute, an angry kid playing chess, solo ping pong, and a dance sequence straight out of Streets of Fire.

Check it out below:

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Daft Punk remix their summer smash 'Get Lucky' -- hear it here

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Were you up all night to get lucky? Well, let’s raise the bar.

Or let Daft Punk do it for you: France’s robot-pop overlords have doubled down on Random Access Memories‘ breakout four-minute hit “Get Lucky” with a ten-minute remix, released today.

It’s not drastically different, really, but it does mean you’ll have to reach for the repeat button half as much, so less stressful finger cardio for you, friend! Listen below:

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Daft Punk breaks Spotify record, beat previous Mumford record

The robot uprising has begun: The streaming service Spotify has announced that Daft Punk’s latest album Random Access Memories has set a new record in first-week streams in the U.S.

The record for most album plays in a debut week was previously held by Mumford & Son’s October 2012 effort Babel, which snagged 8 million streams. Spotify has yet to release the figures for Daft Punk’s fourth LP, but Spotify says that it’s the biggest debut since the company began in 2008.

The French duo also holds the record for the most first-day streams for a single, which it earned upon the release of the Pharrell Williams-assisted “Get Lucky” last month. That song has since racked up more than 27 million streams.

In other words, they’re basically unstoppable — but we, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

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Daft Punk share the songs that shaped them with EW: Hear the duo's playlist here

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This is an expanded version of a story that appears in Entertainment Weekly‘s Summer Music Preview issue, on stands now.

Years before EDM became an acronym even your parents knew, Daft Punk were the byword of cool in electronic music. Now they’re back with their first new studio album in seven years, Random Access Memories (out physically today; read our review here), and a slick Pharrell Williams-aided single, “Get Lucky,” that may just be the song of the summer.

So we got the duo on the phone and asked them about the music that’s inspired them throughout the years. Paris natives Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo — who are so tight, they prefer to answer questions together — shared the songs that make them cry, crush out, and (flash)dance below; scroll to the bottom for a Spotify playlist off all their picks:

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New Phoenix album 'Bankrupt!' now streaming on iTunes

Apparently, anything Justin Timberlake, David Bowie, and Depeche Mode can do, Phoenix can do aussi.

The French-bred foursome’s new album Bankrupt! doesn’t officially hit for another week, but you can listen to the album in its entirety right now on iTunes.

Phoenix are currently in a holding pattern in between Coachella weekends (they’ll headline again this Saturday, April 20, just as they did this past Saturday).

Stay tuned to the Music Mix for critic Melissa Maerz’s full review of Bankrupt!, and word to the wise: the third track, “S.O.S. In Bel Air,” is the keystone. In the meantime, enjoy the official video for first single “Entertainment” after the jump:

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On the scene at Coachella Day Two: Phoenix, R. Kelly(!), Hot Chip and more

Will they or won’t they? As the sun set on Saturday night, one question hung over the Coachella audience like a cliffhanger in an ’80s dramedy.

Would Daft Punk join Phoenix at the end of the latter’s headlining main stage set? And if so, would there be pyramids, robots, and lasers, or just two Frenchmen pumping their fists in promotion of their forthcoming record?

The evidence stacked up in favor of a cameo from the famed Parisian electronic duo, whose 2006 Coachella set was widely considered the match that sparked the current mania for electronic music. For one, both members of Daft Punk were reportedly in attendance. On Friday, the festival main stage buzzed over a trailer hyping the group’s new record. Plus, there’s a long history of bonhomie between the two groups, including a 2010 Daft Punk pop-up appearance at Phoenix’s Madison Square Garden show.

Instead, we got R. Kelly. The 46-year old Chicago R&B lothario materialized towards the end of Phoenix’s set to play an abbreviated three song medley of “Bump n’ Grind,” “Ignition (Remix),” and “I’m a Flirt,” wearing an unbuttoned black shirt, blue jeans, and what appeared to be a crown.

Suddenly, the Empire Polo grounds transformed from a meticulous 80s synth-pop party into a gyrating outdoor boudoir. To say it was weird was an understatement.

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Three rounds with.... Phoenix!

You’d expect four coolly sophisticated Frenchmen to know all about wine. But sake? A few days before their recent return to Saturday Night Live, the Versailles-bred indie-pop phenoms Phoenix met up with EW at the posh EN Japanese Brasserie (a favorite of singer Thomas Mars and his wife, director Sofia Coppola, who live nearby with their two young children) to show just how serious they are about fermented rice beverages, among other things. Over a few of their favorite bottles, Mars, bassist Deck D’Arcy, and guitarists Laurent Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai talked about childhood fist fights, popular perfumes, and their upcoming fifth album, Bankrupt!, out April 23.

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Phoenix preview their guest appearance on 'SNL': 'We're looking forward to the final hug'

Your favorite French indie-rock band is set to make its second Saturday Night Live appearance. As they say in French, hourra!

The last time Phoenix played SNL, back in 2009, they treated viewers to three songs — a rare deviation from the show’s typical two-performance format.

Funny story, though — they definitely didn’t want to do it. EW recently sat down for drinks with the band, whose fifth album Bankrupt! is due April 23, to chat about their memorable SNL appearance, among other things. (You can read the full interview in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, available on stands now.)

Read on to see what the band — Thomas Mars, Deck D’Arcy, and brothers Laurent Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai — had to say.

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Daft Punk officially announce new album, 'Random Access Memories,' with iTunes pre-order

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Yes, it’s happening. And we’re gonna celebrate.

Daft Punk officially announced their return with a press release emailed out at the dancefloor-appropriate hour of 1:45am EST last night — providing a link to the iTunes pre-order of their Random Access Memories for $11.99 plus an official website, randomaccessmemories.com, for the CD ($12.98) and vinyl ($39.98, which includes a digital album download code, an LP size booklet and “180 gram double vinyl gatefold”).

There’s no direct reference to a release date on the album site, but the iTunes page says “Expected Release May 21, 2013″. So there’s that, and the one 15-second song loop that aired in Saturday Night Live ad a few weeks ago to keep you going until May.

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Daft Punk sign new record contract, plan new album

Lovers of pretend-robot French dudes and giants beats, rejoice: Daft Punk are back.

Details are currently sketchy, but the duo has reportedly signed a deal with Columbia Records (they previously released music via EMI), and have a new album is in the works, which we’ll likely lay ears on it before 2013 is over.

And if we’re lucky, we’ll get a proper tour from what is, undoubtedly, the best live act in electronic music.

Daft Punk—Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo to their mothers—have been gone for a minute. They haven’t released a proper album since 2005’s critically-beloved Human After All (which featured two big singles in “Robot Rock” and “Technologic”).

They have put out a few releases since then (a live album here, the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy there), but it’ll be nice to get back to the spirit of turn-of-the-century phenomena like “One More Time,” “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” “Da Funk,” and “Around the World.” (Though in their defense, “Derezzed” was pretty boss.)

What do you hope new Daft Punk music sounds like? Who do you hope they collaborate with, if anybody? Should they cash in that Kanye West favor?

Read More on EW.com:
Jennifer Lawrence signs with Dior, Daft Punk’s Saint Laurent soundtrack and more
Review: Daft Punk, Tron: Legacy
Daft Punk gets ‘Derezzed’ in Tron Legacy video: Watch here

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