The Chainsmokers first record may just break a record. The EDM, pop, and electro pop duo of Alex Palland Andrew Taggart release their debut album, “Memories… Do Not Open” back in 2016. Since then it has concurrently held the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. The chart is a measure of the most popular records from labels dealing in that specific genre. “Memories… Do Not Open” is presently on the thirty-fourth non-consecutive turn at the No.1 spot. This makes the duo’s first full length album the third-longest running album ever, tied with Gorillaz’s Demon Days which also has 34 turns. Speculation states that soon the album will command all of the third spot, as Demon Days looks to be poised to stop spinning.
Although the Chainsmokers have moved on to mainstream success, with many singles and EP’s charting, Memories remains their only studio album. The duo, which first formed back in 2012, has managed to remain mainstream despite the successes of incoming albums. The release of 2026 charting single, “Closer” saw Andrew Taggart take lead vocals. A refreshing difference from most typical EDM DJs. The popularity of Taggart’s vocal turn has become mainstay of the band. One of the songs on their still hit album features Taggart’s vocals. The brassy ballad, “The One” which is actually the first track on the album.
Earlier this year they released charting single, “Sick Boy”which has taken their music in another direction. “Sick Boy” contains a much darker theme underneath its catchy beats. As with “Closer” it once again features a departure from normal EDM as it contains a message. Both songs are the focused attempts of the duo to not only stay relevant but evolve into artists. According to Pall the decision to not just make dance music was made very early in the band’s life. Despite all the changes Memories continual presence in the top five is a nice reminder that their original stuff is still gold. As the album shows no sign of slowing down, it makes one excited for the release of their next studio album, “Somebody”.
There is something special about the state of pop music in the world today. More artists than ever are being given the chance to air their own unique riff on classic genres in order to gain fans and attention. The Chainsmokers, led by Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, have helped to bring DJ/Dance Music back to the masses in a way that just hasn’t been done in years. The ‘Closer’ stars have seen their careers explode over the past three or four years and that upward trajectory seems to be limited by nothing but their own imagination. Pall and Taggart sat down in order to discuss their past, their future and their present and they unveiled more than a little about themselves along the way.
Pall was a DJ in New York City when his career first started to get going. Pall was linked through a mutual friend to Andrew and the two quickly found that they had chemistry and drive. The duo would spend 12 hours a day, every day during the week, working on developing their sound and the career path that they had wanted to take. Andrew laughs about the start of their career, admitting that when he was in college he was mocked for listening to dance music and rocking v-neck t-shirts. Now, Taggart laughingly points out, he’s making the exact kind of music for the people that mocked him before.
The Chainsmokers have been releasing radio super-hits on a schedule since they first popped into the mainstream but now the duo are taking a step back to really tune in to what they want to become. One of the big changes for The Chainsmokers going forward is the addition of Andrew getting lead vocals on their newest hit, ‘Closer’. The Chainsmokers typically produce the music in their songs while inviting other sings to come in and take the lead. Pall says of the new direction, “Well, why not?” Pall points out that they had played a big role in the writing process for the lyrics on all of their songs, so giving the vocal duties to one of their own only made sense. https://twitter.com/alexpallny?lang=en