The Chainsmokers’ Meteoric Rise to the Top

The American duo The Chainsmokers has now tied Demon Days for the third most non-consecutive turns on the Billboard Dance/Electronic charts. Their debut album, Memories… Do Not Open has racked up 34 turns on the chart, matching the Gorillaz’ well-known 2005 album. The group’s members, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggert, came on the scene in 2012, after Pall had a false start with another partner. Pall had studied at NYU and Taggert at Syracuse, and the two met through an associate of Pall’s manager, who told Taggert that Pall was looking for a DJ to replace his former bandmate. Their rise to fame was swift. The two DJs quickly began making live appearances, and in 2015 the pair had a string of well-received singles, including Roses, a multi-platinum hit in several countries. Another top 5 single Don’t Let me Down won Pall and Taggert a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. The duo were rising stars, having been named 18th in a ranking of the top 100 DJs by DJ Magazine. The Chainsmokers’ 2017 single Paris made a huge splash, with more than 270 streams on the online streaming service Spotify so far. Their sudden success has led to an residency…