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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.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2018/05/28/the-chainsmokers-debut-album-is-now-the-third-longest-running-no-1-on-the-dance-chart/#95bf4069c7a3

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New Prince Album To Be Released In 2019

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Despite being in the midst of a legal battle with the Prince Estate, music streaming service Tidal has just announced some great news: come 2019 they will be releasing a brand-new album of Prince’s music, compiled from previously unreleased recordings.

 

After having a long career of 39 studio albums under his belt before passing away in April 2016, it’s hard to believe that Prince had much more up his sleeve. However, the acclaimed and just-as-secret “Prince Vault” has shown time and again that there is plenty of music to be released, making this announcement all the more enticing.

 

Like many streaming-exclusive albums it will be available exclusively on Tidal for the first 2 weeks before becoming available to the general public for download. The Prince Estate will then handle the physical release of said album, which currently has no name. This surprising decision comes after Prince’s estate revising the artist’s decision to remove his entire catalogue from streaming services in November 2015 in favor of signing exclusively with Tidal, a decision that has been continuously questioned since the artist’s passing.

 

Tidal has previously released albums of Prince’s exclusively, such as the 2015 records HITnRUN Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two and the team is using this partnership as the basis for their continued collaboration with Prince’s music and his estate. Tidal founder Jay-Z said that “we will continue to respect and honor Prince’s enduring legacy and wishes with this new collection,” and there’s no reason to believe he won’t. Prince’s estate is notoriously stingy with his music and rights, so this agreement not only to continue working with Tidal during this lawsuit but also release new Prince music is huge.

 

 

 

SOURCE: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tidal-prince-estate-agree-to-drop-unreleased-album-w520211