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The Chainsmokers Add Another Huge Accolade to List of Accomplishements

The past has once again caught up with the Chainsmokers. For the second time this year the duet of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have garnered high praise for previously completed work. The revolutionary DJ duo from New York has been having a great year so far. Not only have they released a stream of successful singles, but their first and only studio album nabbed third longest-running non-consecutive No. 1 in the dance category. This huge mouthful means that “Memories… Do Not Open” has remained in the top 10 for over a year, and that it keeps periodically topping the charts. If that is not enough now the band can boast a diamond certified single.

For those at home, diamond certification is granted to singles that go 10 times platinum. This means that globally the single has sold around 10 million copies. The single “Closer” was a huge hit for the duo and Halsey. The song was actually the breakout single for Halsey, who at the time was still relatively new. Recorded back in 2016 the single garnered a Grammy nom, numerous accolades, took the fourth longest runnning No.1 spot, skyrocketed the Chainsmokers even further in the mainstream, and apparently never stopped selling. Having a diamond certified single is a huge deal in the music world as diamond class is the highest current level. Pall and Taggart alerted their fans to the accomplishment via Instagram. They published pictures of themselves holding huge plaques encasing the physical version of the album. Halsey added her own photo showcasing her plaque as well.

The Chainsmokers have been mainstream since 2014. They first had a breakout with single “#Selife” and have since risen to prominence. Their first studio album was released in 2017 and they have yet to make another one. They are only four years old in mainstream years and they accomplished an astounding amount. Their original sound and refusal to play by normal EDM rules has set them apart. Despite moving forward and trying new things, people are still not tired of their older stuff. Great thing is they enjoy their new stuff as well.

https://www.youredm.com/2018/09/03/the-chainsmokers-say-their-quix-collaboration-is-coming-soon/

The Chainsmokers: Summer and New Songs

The Chainsmokers are a pair of DJ’s and producers, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The two met in 2012 when Pall was looking for a new partner for his two-person band. They had a mutual friend in current band manager Adam Alpert, who thought the two would get along. They did, and formed the Chainsmokers. Their first live show was in September of 2014, opening for Timeflies at Terminal 5 in New York.

The Chainsmokers have had several years of consistent success since that show. They have released a full length album, “Memories…Do Not open”, which was #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Dance/Electronic Charts at the same time. They have released several EP’s as well, though their main output seems to be singles, often released for free on their website. They have many hit songs and collaborations with their singles releases, including their most recent release, “Side Effects.” The single, released at the end of July, features vocals by Emily Warren, a good friend and frequent collaborator of the Chainsmokers.

“Side Effects” is an example of a new direction for Pall and Taggart; they have been releasing some slower songs recently, but “Side Effects” is a faster, up-tempo song that they say represents summer.

Pall and Taggart prefer the songs where they get to express themselves about their feelings and lives, and “Side Effect” is an example of that as well. One thing contributing to the slower sound this was that many of their 2018 releases were written and recorded in winter. With summer now in swing they wanted to capture the feeling of that season, so they infused a disco sensibility to “Side Effects” and made it a more upbeat song, while keeping that personal sensibility intact.

In their live shows, the Chainsmokers have been experimenting with new things. They have gone from an almost exclusive set of having two guys behind DJ tables, but recently have added live musicians to their show. They are especially fond of having a live drummer. The two also bring their collaborating musicians on stage as often as possible.

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