While the year 2016 went pretty for The Chainsmokers, 2017 is when they are solidifying and holding on to their place on the charts with their groundbreaking records. They have been at the top of the ladder for far longer than most had thought possible which proves that they are much more potent than most people had given them credit for. Having dropped two huge albums this year, Rapper Future has also shown himself to be stronger and more popular than we could have imagined.
Chainsmokers who are EDN/pop duo have dominated the second half of the year 2016 very successfully, and the tracks remained a hit only disappearing in 2017. Their hit “Closer” featuring Halsey has held on to various tables past this year where it was able to break the records to the song that has been able to hold on the Hot 100 of all time at the top 10. It lived on in this upper region for a good 32 weeks tying the legendary LeAnn Rimes “How Do I Live” that was still in existence years ago. However, this achievement has been thawed this year but it still more than a big achievement for the group. Besides this, “Closer” also spent a lot of time in the arena since it was debuted setting the record as having the most weeks as one of the top five.
For the most of 2016, it was clear that The Chainsmokers were only holding towards with no mistakes and the hit a track on the charting world that penetrated smoothly into 2017. Due to their success, they have been able to make history. Their singles running from “Closer,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” “Paris,” and the fresh one with Coldplay “Something Just like This” has made the Chainsmokers a phenomenon in the industry. They now hold the title of the second-longest stay at the highest tier. For many weeks in a row, Chainsmokers have been in a position numbers 1 to 10 for more than 61 weeks which is one of the most unbelievable runs ever seen. They come in at the second place closely behind Katy Perry who had 69 weeks.
Alex Pall makes up half of the duo band called The Chainsmokers. He and fellow bandmate Andrew Taggart sat down with Mathias Rosenzweig to discuss new music, what’s unique about their sound, and how they will continue to stand out as they grow even more popularity. The duo didn’t know each other but oddly enough both started out DJing as a side gig, Taggart eventually took more interest in producing. Pall worked a regular shift at in art gallery in New York City and Taggart was attending college in Syracuse. When the two finally met (due to a mutual friend) they discussed all things music, such as who were the “it” people in music at the moment and what sounds they enjoyed. The two meshed so well that they being working together everyday and made making music their primary focus.
When it comes to having an identity in the music industry and staying relevant, Pall says “it’s constantly a journey of self-discovery and checking yourself.” On their song “closer” featuring Halsey, Taggart is singing. This is unconventional for a producer to use his vocals on a record. Pall and Taggart are willing to explore new options and ideas as they continue to expand their fan base and create new sounds. The Chainsmokers write their own music (or co-write it) about their real life experiences. The song “closer” is about remembering why you broke up with an ex after being intimate with them again. Taggart and a friend wrote it on a tour bus. Writing their own music makes it even more relatable to those listening.
The Chainsmokers have had much success in their career already, and have no intention of stopping or slowing down anytime soon. Pall says “…when you get complacent is when somebody else takes your spot.” The duo is doing it all from festivals to tours and even bigger stage productions. With their fan base increasing to new places such as South Africa and them experimenting musically, we’re sure to see and hear about The Chainsmokers for years to come.