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The Chainsmokers Take Over the Billboard Charts in Dance/Electronic

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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.

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The Chainsmokers: Closer to the Sound

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In a recent interview with “Interview Magazine”, the two members of the Chainsmokers, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, discuss the release of their new single “Closer.” They say that this song will be different, as it not only features the singer Halsey, but it also features vocals by Taggart. Pall expresses that this is only a culmination of their goal to make their music more intimate and different. He says that artists are always trying to put intimacy in their music, and with EDM it can be hard, as usually there is no face or personality to the artists that make it.

Drew and Alex met in New York. Taggart was from Maine, but was studying at Syracuse. Pall was working in New York. Both had gotten into the DJing scene, due to its growing popularity. They were introduced by mutual friends, and starting connecting on music the next day. From early on, they discussed the need to change the genre; to make it more personal. They felt that EDM was huge, but DJs were all similar. Their first songs, such as “#SELFIE” brought them success, in which Pall reflects on them beginning to tour the world. However, he says they weren’t satisfied, as they still hadn’t blurred lines between genres.

After more success with “ROZES” and “Don’t Let Me Down,” they began experimenting with different ideas, this is when “Closer” was made. Pall says that the two wanted to get closer with their friends and express what their lives were like. The lyrics were to show their lives in college, talking about college girls, superficiality,and the whirlwind of emotions our generation feels while in college. This talk of their lives, the struggles, and of emotions, they hoped would make them be able to connect more with their fans. They also felt that by having Taggart sing on the track, they could be more intimately involved in the making of the song. Time will tell how “Closer” will do, but it seems that by putting their own vocals and lyrics into music, the Chainsmokers may be onto something..

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My Favorite Lawrence Bender Flick

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Lawrence Bender has made some of the most popular and successful films in American film – many of his films are used in pop-culture references. Lawrence Bender is an American film producer, known for multiple and notable Quentin Tarantino films and is an Academy Award nominee.

While Lawrence Bender was born in the Bronx, New York, he was raised in New Jersey. He came from a Jewish family with parents in the education profession: his father was a college history professor and his mother was a kindergarten teacher. He attended the University of Maine and graduated in 1979 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Interestingly, he developed a passion for dance and made plans to dance after college, but sustained an injury preventing him from doing so. Lawrence Bender got started in the film industry in the 1980s as a grip.

His films include Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill-Volumes 1 and 2 (2003 and 2004) and Inglourious Basterds (2009). Three (3) of these films received Oscar Nominations: Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and Inglourious Basterds. My most favorite Lawrence Bender flick is Good Will Hunting (1997).

I love clever stories, but not only is this one clever but so is the title. The play on words in the title of doesn’t reveal itself until you learn that the main character, Will is a good person who’s searching for his way in the world. Also known for one of the first films that show us the talents of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Good Will Hunting also gives us a great view of my hometown, Boston. The late and incredibly talented Robin Williams plays Will’s therapist, in a court-appointed turn of events. Will is a genius who works as a janitor at MIT but is held back from opportunity due to his lack of access as an orphan. Without guidance, Will sometimes goes astray and gets into trouble and a public fight gets him arrested. A highly intelligent professor learns of Will’s genius and makes it his mission to have Will work alongside him, but must promise the judge to get Will therapy to help him turn things around. Along the way, Will falls in love and learns that the world is his oyster and pursues his own dreams.

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