The Chainsmokers have linked up with K-Pop group, BTS, for a melodic house number that exemplifies the Korean group’s vocal talent, while reminding Chainsmokers fans around the world that the American duo still has a sharp ear when it comes to studio productions.
“We became acquainted with The Chainsmokers when we met them at a waiting room during the Billboard Awards after they invited us,” ‘Rap Monster,’ a member of BTS revealed. “We kept in touch after the that and talked about working together.” And so “Best of Me” was born, with Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart credited as the song’s producers. In classic Chainsmoker style, Best of Me couples an insanely catchy beat with a radio friendly yet EDM-esque drop.
Matthew Danger and Uri Illuz are the musical prodigies behind the Disco Killerz alias. They’re no strangers to success, having their music continually played on SiriusXM’s hottest channels, featured in Spotify playlists, and garnering support from world-renowned DJs like Tiesto and The Chainsmokers.
Gary Nesta Pine, like Disco Killerz, is no stranger to success. Pine is best known for being the lead singer for Bob Marley‘s Wailers and for his success with European dance hits like “Love Generation” and “Sound of Freedom.” His rise to the European dance music scene occurred when Pine collaborated with French DJ and producer, Bob Sinclair back in 2006. He was featured on four tracks on Sinclair’s Western Dream album.
The perfect blend between reggae and dance music is this collaboration between Disco Killerz and Gary Nesta Pine. Deep plucks, bells, and Pine’s vocals combined with a warm, tropical vibe carves this song into the perfect tropical vacation tune.
While seeing someone like Hardwell or Afrojack at the Ultra main stage today may be a similar experience to what it was in 2012, it cannot be denied that dance music has seen considerable change over the past five years or so. One of the biggest signs has been the willingness of artists to expand their sounds and collaborative choices. For example, Afrojack, who was dropping the crunchiest beats in the game a few years ago, is now working with artists like Ty Dolla $ign and Luis Fonsi to breed mainstream, Top 40 tracks. There’s also the case of The Chainsmokers, who went from remixing popular indie/alternative songs in 2013 to now being arguably the hottest duo in the world right now, topping the charts across all genres in working with Coldplay, Halsey, and others.
Dance music has proven it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and that it is capable of rapid evolution and reinvention. To prove how much the music has changed over the years, a Facebook page called Revealed Family posted two videos entitled “EDM – THEN vs. NOW.” The videos give a track by track outline of how different music by the top DJs in the game was 5 years ago versus how it is now. There’s a clear difference in sound and production style that should be noticed instantly. The videos include old and new tracks by Nicky Romero, Zedd, R3hab, Avicii, Skrillex, Alesso, Vicetone, Deorro, The Chainsmokers and more.
Chain smoking cigarettes is bad for you, and so is making commentary as a famous pop artist without thinking first before speaking. Unfortunately for The Chainsmokers, the latter of these items came to bite them after screenshots from a now-deleted tweet containing a questionable video re-surfaced on Buzzfeed.
The interview had been part of a promotional series for Ultra China, whose inaugural event took place in Shanghai on September 9 & 10. Everything seemed to be going fine at first, until the interviewer asked member Alex Pall if he brought his dog on tour with him. He’d advised he would, if his pet hadn’t been so badly behaved.
Pall then added, with a boisterous laugh: “Well, I don’t know if I’d bring her to China.”
This of course led to a firestorm on the internet, as ethnically Chinese people and Asians at large have long been trying to rid the negative stigma that “they’ll eat everything, even dogs.” Making matters worse was the fact that The Chainsmokers had willingly posted the clip on their Twitter, and that their interviewer himself was Asian.
As of press time, both The Chainsmokers and the video director Jeremiah Davis have yet to comment on the brewing controversy. View the series of snapshots below.
After his run on The Chainsmokers‘ Memories Do Not Open tour, Shaun Frank has released an eccentric recap video full of behind the scenes footage and special effects, all courtesy of his video editor, Clay. Inspired by The Chainsmokers’ own out of this world recap videos, Shaun Frank knew his video needed to be bigger and more extreme. With possibly the highest table jumps and craziest pyrotechnics the EDM world has ever seen, the artist is pushing the limits of what it even means to be a DJ.
The two originally broke the news that they would be the face of the fall campaign in June, declaring that, “Like Tommy Hilfiger, we have always believed in celebrating individuality and breaking conventions,” continuing, “Tommy paved the way for collaborations between fashion and music, and we are excited to collaborate with a brand that aligns so closely with our own artistic approach and shares our passion for creating memorable experiences for our fans.”
Now, we finally have a look at what their role as brand ambassadors means. Taking to Instagram, The Chainsmokers shared their first official picture of themselves in all of their Tommy Hilfiger’s glory.
The Chainsmokers‘ pop mega-hit “Closer” dominated plays on radio and streaming services for months. However, despite remaining at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song will no longer stay on the chart.
The track has been manually removed by Billboard in an effort to facilitate new songs into their listings. A Billboard rule states that if a song drops below the top 25 of the Hot 100 after 52 weeks, it will be removed. Unsurprisingly, one of the best examples of this is also a Chainsmokers song. “Don’t Let Me Down” spent exactly one year on the charts before peculiarly dropping off. Whether Billboard’s staff secretly hates The Chainsmokers or are just sticklers for rules, there is no denying the duo’s distinct ability to make chart-topping hits.
YouTube has become one of the most popular streaming sites in the music industry within the past several years. Used more frequently by younger people, YouTube generates upwards of 1,000,000,000 plays a day. Now, with the help of YouTube’s geocoded streaming data, analysts have generated a map that shows music popularity and culture in the United States.
Taking into consideration two of the most prominent artists in the dance-pop crossover genre, Calvin Harris and The Chainsmokers, the following maps show relative popularity in different parts of the country. If one part of a map is lighter, it doesn’t mean people there weren’t watching the artist’s videos; it just means fans were more likely to listen to a variety of other artists. The darker the map, the more plays.
Below are the maps for both the Chainsmokers and Calvin Harris, listed in order of YouTube views.
The Chainsmokers have reached an all time high—their hit single, “Closer” has officially been in the top 40 charts for a full year—and are most popular in Northeastern college towns, and in Western states such as Utah.
Calvin Harris has garnered widespread support in 2017 for the release of his latest album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 He has the most plays in southern Florida, the Northeast, and southern California. With collaborations with Frank Ocean, Migos, Schoolboy Q, PartyNextDoor, and D.R.A.M., Calvin Harris has made a name for himself as one of dance music’s most popular artists for his addictive pop-radio crossover.
While The Chainsmokersstepped down from the Billboard Top 10 earlier this year, their reign over the musical kingdom still remains supreme as the duo’s hit-single “Closer” is now one of the biggest charting hits in music history.
Love it or hate it, “Closer,” is a serious smash hit and as of this week, has been living inside the U.S. Top 40 for an entire year.
Maintaining Top 40 status here in America is a serious feat, usually an enormous indication of an artist’s potential trajectory. Of course, The Chainsmokers astronomical success could hardly have been predicted, as not every track that enters its realm ends up being huge, and the same goes for its artists. It is a good indication of what’s being consumed by large populations of people, meaning it’s a pretty big deal when anything is able to even just a couple months within the area.
“Closer,” is truly the catchy pop jam that transformed The Chainsmokers from producers to superstars. The track can also be largely attributed to featured vocalist Halsey‘s rise as well. If “Closer” somehow falls out of the Top 40 next week — it did land at number 39 this week— it’s likely to not disappear from the Hot 100 entirely for quite some time. Truthfully, it’s likely the dance track will live on the chart for another 365 1/4 rotations around the sun, if not even longer.