30 Little Known Things That Every Fan Should Know About The Chainsmokers


The Chainsmokers, an American DJ/production duo - Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, became world renowned for their breakthrough "#Selfie," which was a top twenty single in several countries. Here are 30 interesting facts about them:

  1. Initially "The Chainsmokers," had and different lineup and were made up of DJ Phett Bixler and Alex Pall. They were formed in 2012 and within a while, Bixler departed. Their manager Adam Alpert found DJ Andrew Taggert as the replacement.
  2. In October 2016, The Chainsmokers were ranked at #18 in the annual list of the "Top 100 DJs," by the DJ Magazine.
  3. In an interview, Taggart decribed their music as "blurring the lines between indie, pop music, dance music, and hip-hop," and citied Pharrell Williams and deadmau5 as The Chainsmokers' musical influences.
  4. The Chainsmokers have become the first musical act to have had four songs - "#Selfie," "Roses," "Closer," and "Don't Let Me Down," top the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart. Previously the record was held by Calvin Harris for three songs.
  5. "Closer" released on July 29, 2016, featuring Halsey, continued to top the charts for straight 12 weeks, surpassing Drake and Justin Bieber for the longest Hot 100 reign of the year.
  6. The duo's name "Chainsmokers," does not have any particular historical background or even any kind of sentimental meaning to Pall and Taggart. The name just seemed clever to them and they also have the domains open.
  7. The official video of "Paris," starring Martha Hunt, an American fashion model, which was directed by Mister Whitmore," had reached over 102,970,065 views of Youtube as of June 2017.
  8. The Chainsmokers launched their debut studio album "Memories...Do Not Open," on April 7, 2017, which peaked at #1 on the US Billboard 200, upon release, with 221,000 album-equivalent units, of which 166,000 were pure album sales.
  9. The duo follow a pre-performance ritual, in which they have few drinks or sometimes drown themselved with espressos or steak, just to hype the party monsters in them.
  10. The Chainsmokers, with their famous "Closer" release, became the first EDM artists after Baauer's "Harlem Shake" in 2013, to take the Billboard #1 spot.
  11. On March 19, 2016, the duo performed at Ultra Music Festival, where they publicly denounced presidential candidate Donald Trump.
  12. Pall, born on May 16, 1985, had grown up DJing and attended New York University for art history and music business.
  13. Their famous single "Roses" from their debut EP "Bouquet," that features vocals from American singer Elizabeth Mencel, reached the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The following single "Don't Let Me Down" became their first top 5 single and also won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.
  14. The Chainsmokers had a top twenty single in several countires with their most popular song "Selfie," which reached #16 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #11 in the United Kingdom, and #3 in Australia.
  15. Their debut studio album "Memories...Do Not Open," was received with mixed reviews, as Damien Morris of The Guardian noted it to be "instantly memorable yet completely forgettable." Maeve McDermott of USA Today asked if it "is this the worst album of 2017?" claiming Taggert's vocals to have been "hilariously bad."
  16. Before joining with Pall, Taggart had been attending Syracuse University and was interning at Interscope Records.
  17. Their 2016 single "Closer," made history with an all-time record of 27 weeks at #1 on the Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart, surpassing Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!!”
  18. In the year 2012, they released a single "Erase," in collaboration with Priyanka Chopra, an Indian actress, famous for her role as Alex Parrish in "Quantico." The next year, they followed "Erase," with "The Rookie."
  19. Taggart, often referred to as "Drew," was born on December 31, 1989. He was first introduced to the music of David Guetta, Daft Punk and Trentemøller, at the age of 15, while he was abroad in Argentina.
  20. Initially, the duo used to upload their tracks in Souncloud, as they had always had to intention to share their musical passion with the world.
  21. On January 13, 2017, the duo released their international single "Paris," which went gold in the US and Canada. The single had over 270 million streams on Spotify alone, with in two months of its release.
  22. Taggart had been listed by Forbes in their list of "30 Under 30," in the year 2017. He shared the honor with 18-year-old singer Daya.
  23. The lyric video for "Closer," featuring Halsey, which was created after the release, went viral and has more than 1 billion views on Vevo.
  24. The Chainsmokers announced on January 3, 2017, an exclusive three-year residency deal with Wynn Nightlife, according to which the duo will only perform in Wynn-owned nightclubs XS Las Vegas and Encore Beach Club until the year 2019.
  25. The duo’s first live performance was opening for Timeflies at Terminal 5 in September 2014.
  26. The breakthrough hit "#Selfie," which got the duo their first major label deal with Dim Mark Records, is actually not the duo's favorite song. Pall told Rolling Stone, "it taught us so much about the music business and ourselves — what type of artists we wanted to be."
  27. The duo - Drew and Pall, performed their most popular "Closer," at the 2016 MTV VMAs held on August 28, 2016, at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. Their performance was mostly met with negative reception, with media outlets like The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Us Weekly referring to their performance as the worst of the night.
  28. The official lyric video of "Paris," directed by Rory Kramer, as reached more than 264,140,417 views on Youtube alone as of June 2017.
  29. With their single's "Something Just Like This", "Paris" , along with "Closer," The Chainsmokers became the thrid group to have three simultaneous top 10 hits, during the week of March 18, 2017.
  30. Their most famous “Something Just Like This” released in February 2017, in collaboration with the fan-favorite Coldplay band, broke the record for most views of a lyric video in one day with 9 million plays.
  31. Chainsmokers Net Worth: The Chainsmokers have been listed at #65 by Forbes in their list of "World's Highest-Paid Celebrities," with an earning of $38 million. As of June 2017, the duo's net worth is estimated to be $8 million.

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