Forbes magazine has newly released articles about The Chainsmokers that gives information about the millionaire pop duo, and the single that sold millions.
Drew Taggart (28) and Alex Pall (32) are an EDM/Pop duo that have risen in the charts significantly in the past couple years, earning them self as no. 2 on Forbes list of the highest paid DJ. Their current earnings for 2018 is $45.5 million, making this their biggest year yet. Along with their success as one of the world’s highest paid DJ’s in 2018, their single; “Closer”, which features music artist Halsey; has reached 10 million sales in the United States. The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) certified the single back in 2017 as a seven-times-platinum song. The single has dominated sales, streams, and radios since its release. Now with 10 million units sold the song is certified Diamond.
“Closer” was first released in 2016 and hit the top of the Hot 100 list by late summer. The song then became one of the fourth longest-running No. 1 in U.S. history, as well as; the longest-running No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic songs chart until they were replaced a few months ago. Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey’s “The Middle” now sits at the top as No. 1.
This single helped both the Chainsmokers and Halsey make their mark on the music industry. “Closer” earned them their first Grammy nomination. Although 21 Pilots single; “Stressed Out” won the Grammy nomination that year, the tune went on to receive multiple awards. The Chainsmokers already had a wide fan base and had released singles that were top 10 hits. But, “Closer” is the song that drove them to immense success. For Halsey, “Closer” was her breakthrough single, paving the road for her continued success in the music industry.
The newest music video by Electropop group The Chainsmokers’ features actress Camila Mendes as the main character. Camila, an actress on the T.V. show ‘Riverdale’, plays a hotel employee who refuses to accept her bosses orders and instead decides to rip off her uniform and dance across the hotel to the music of The Chainsmokers’ song “Side Effects”. “Side Effects” is The Chainsmokers’ 5th song released in 2018 and the duo is currently working on their next album.
The Chainsmokers’ were first formed in 2012 under Alex Paul and Rhett Bixler as the players and Adam Alpert as the manager. Bixler left the group the same year and young DJ Andrew Taggart stepped in when he was informed by Alpert that a spot in one of his groups opened up. The Chainsmokers’ began by first creating remixes of different groups with a collaboration alongside Prianka Chopra by early 2013.
In September of 2013, The Chainsmokers’ had their first live performance at Terminal 5 with their single “#Selfie” being released just a few months later. The single was streamed to Republic Records by January of 2014 where it achieved great success internationally. Two more singles were released by March of 2015 and the group decided to sign up with Disruptor Records by April of the same year.
The arrival of summer marked the release of 2 additional singles titled “Good Intentions” and “Roses”. “Roses” became successful enough to achieve multiplatnum status in the United States and The Chainsmokers’ went on to release their debut EP titled “Bouquet” in October of 2015. The following year would see the release of 3 new songs, performances at both the Ultra Music Festival and the 2016 MTV VMAs, and the achievement of becoming one of the top 20 DJs within DJ magazine.
2017 brought in more singles and more performances for the group. The song “Paris” went on to gold status in both Canada and the United States with their album “Memories…Do Not Open” achieving platinum status by August. 2018 saw the release of more singles and a collaboration with the American rapper Juice Wrld.