The Chainsmokers’ Meteoric Rise to the Top

July 31, 2018

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 with Wynn Nightlife in Las Vegas, with the two under exclusive contract with the conglomerate’s clubs, XS and Encore Las Vegas, until 2019.

The two DJs are known for incorporating a wide variety of genres into their music, citing influences as varied as Pharrell Williams and Linkin Park. With 34 turns at the top of the charts already, who knows how many more weeks their debut album will peak. Despite only entering the limelight recently, the Chainsmokers are already cementing a reputation as innovators for their fearlessness in fusing EDM with other musical styles.

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