The Chainsmokers & Their Journey on the Billboard Charts

The Chainsmokers have been releasing music since 2014, but their first album only came out less than a year ago. This approach doesn’t work for everyone, but it certainly worked for Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart – The Chainsmokers.

In 2014, when they first linked up, The Chainsmokers began making music, releasing singles every couple of months to build interest. They released songs like “#Selfie,” “Paris,” and more during this time.

Now The Chainsmokers are one of the most well-known, most listened-to dance groups of all time, rivaling the Gorillaz. In fact, in May the Chainsmokers tied the Gorillaz with their 34th week on the Billboard Chart’s dance category.

It wasn’t purely the dance category that The Chainsmokers dominated in 2017. They were also atop the US Billboard 200 for a period of time. At the end of 2017, their album was still number 21 on the US Billboard 200.

During their reign a top the Billboard Chart’s dance category, the Chainsmokers were knocked off, momentarily, several times. Acts and artists such as Above & Beyond, Avicii, Kygo, and Odesza all took the top spot away from the Chainsmokers for a short period of time.

About Alex Pall & Andrew Taggart

The Chainsmokers didn’t always include Andrew Taggart. In fact, it wasn’t until Pall’s previous partner bailed on him did Taggart join the group.

Andrew Taggart had connections with Interscope Records because he was interning their, attempting to break into the music industry. When someone at Interscope heard that Alex Pall needed a new partner, he suggested that Taggart meet up with him. That’s exactly what Taggart did. He took a bus from Maine to New York and met his new musical partner.

Alex Pall was making music and DJing in New York. After meeting Andrew Taggart, his career really began to take off. Their first single was “#Selfie,” an instant success. Prior to releasing an album, over a dozen singles were released by the Chainsmokers. Songs like “Paris” and “Don’t Let Me Down” kept The Chainsmokers’ hype high until an album was released.

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Alex Pall Talks About Why The Chainsmokers Help Write Their Own Songs

The Chainsmokers are a very popular electronic dance music duo. It consists Alex Pall, from New York City, and Andrew Taggart who is from Portland, Maine. They achieved mainstream success in 2014 and have been a fixture on the radio ever since. A lot of EDM music is pretty sterile and lacks any emotion. The Chainsmokers, meanwhile, reveal themselves in their work and take fans along on the journey.

While they started just making straight up dance music, Alex Pall says they have been moving well beyond that. They are both fans of a lot of different genres, he has said, and they don’t want to limit themselves to just one of these formats. They started breaking out of that genre with their songs “Roses”, “Waterbed“, and “Don’t Let Me Down”. They have since created songs that mix in pop music, hip-hop, and indie music as well.

Alex Pall says they space out their releases so that each song has some space to breath on its own. They want to give everyone a chance to enjoy one of their new songs, especially if it is a big hit, before following it up with another song release. He says the songs releases lag behind what they have created and they now have a library of music waiting to be released in this way.

Something that separates The Chainsmokers from their peers is that their music is about their real lives, Alex Pall said in an interview. He said they thought it would be natural to have songs about their lives and so that was the approach they decided to take. He says that some of their songs they have 100% created themselves while other ones they have worked with songwriters in the industry. They want to create a cohesive body of work, he says, which necessitates that they take an active approach to what their songs are about. Alex Pall says that he uses social media to see who their fans are. He says it used to be mostly college-age people but since that time they have fans of all ages.

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