Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall form the DJ/Dance duo the Chainsmokers, who have been taking the dance/electronic world by storm the past year with their debut full-length album “Memories…Do Not Open” a perennial #1 on Billboards Dance/Electronic Albums Chart. In the year the album has been out it has spent 34 non-consecutive weeks at the #1 spot on that chart, tying with “Demon Days” for the third most non-consistent weeks at #1.
“Memories…Do Not Open” has been knocked off the top spot by several new releases in the past year but always seems to come back. Musicians such as Odesza, Above & Beyond, Kygo, William Control and the deceased Avicii all have put out material that takes the #1 spot for a time but the Chainsmokers always make a comeback and retake the #1 spot. In fact the album hasn’t left the top 5 since its debut.
With “Demon Days” being 13 years old it seems like a lock that the Chainsmokers will soon have that #3 spot all to themselves. If the album keeps going strong, which by all acounts it still is, it may even be able to move up to the #2 or #1 slot. The Chainsmokers staying power doesn’t seem to be slowing down: They have released several charting singles since “Memories…Do Not Open” was released last year. They continue to collaborate with other artists and have even expanded their own roles in their music with Pall providing vocals for some singles.
The duo formed in New York City when Pall was looking for a new DJ partner. Introduced by mutual friend and manager Adam Alpert the two immediately hit it off. Taggart, who knew Alpert from working in an art museum, moved to New York from Maryland and the Chainsmokers as we know them were born. Aside from their album “Memories…Do Not Open” and their various singles the duo have also released two EPs, “Bouquet” and “Collage.” Both spent time on the Billboard charts. The duo say they are always working on new material and plan to put out another full-length album.