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The popular electronic music duo made the announcement this morning and their publicist has confirmed the news.

Daft Punk is one of the most influential and popular groups to emerge in the past 30 years. The French duo formed in 1993 and is composed of Frenchmen Guy Manuel de Momem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. Their debut studio album Homework was released by in 1997 to positive reviews, backed by singles “Around the World” and “Da Funk”. Their second album Discovery had even more success, supported by hit singles “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”. Daft Punk toured throughout 2006 and 200 and released the live album Alive 2007  which won a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album. 

The tour included a defining performance at the Coachella festival in April of 2006, a show that more than one dance-music writer has declared “the birth of EDM.”

In 2013, Daft Punk released their fourth album, Random Access Memories with lead single “Get Lucky” featuring Pharrell Williams. The album reached the top 10 in the charts of 32 countries. Random Access Memories won five Grammy Awards in 2014, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Get Lucky”. In 2016, Daft Punk gained their first number one on the Billboard Hot 100with the song “Starboy” in collaboration with The Weeknd.

They have worn ornate helmets and gloves to assume robot personas in most public appearances since 1999 and rarely grant interviews or appear on television. 

They announced their retirement via a video titled “Epilogue” posted Monday morning.

The eight-minute clip features the duo walking around the desert, wearing in their familiar space helmets and leather jackets. After a few moments, one of the members looks at the other, removes his jacket and reveals an energy pack on the back. The other touches a button on the pack. The first member walks away quickly, and then explodes.

While their rep declined to say whether the duo will continue working together under different names or whether other new projects are in the works, it seems likely, considering the group’s famously contrarian and convention-mocking history, that they will continue to release music, videos and whatever other projects strike their fancy.

it’s extremely unlikely that we’ve heard the last from Bangalter and de Homem-Christo, whether or not they’re working together, or as Daft Punk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkeIwhKIi84
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