The Chainsmokers were nominated for 16 Billboard Music Awards, and took home four titles over the weekend including Top Dance/Electronic Artist, Top Single, Top Collaboration, and Top Dance/Electronic Music song.
However, when it came down to the award for Top Dance/Electronic Album (a category in which both their Collage and Bouquet EPs were nominated), American violinist and producer Lindsey Stirling beat out the duo, as well as Flume and Kygo.
At the awards ceremony, The Chainsmokers played an acoustic performance of “Young,” the penultimate song off their debut album, Memories… Do Not Open. Watch Alex and Drew’s pyrotechnic-assisted performance below:
The Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix will return to Marina Bay Street this September, and The Chainsmokers and Calvin Harris have been named as headliners for the entertainment portion of the event. This is the 10th iteration of the Singapore Grand Prix, and The Chainsmokers and Calvin Harris will join the ranks of many high profile artists who have previously performed at the event such as Queen, Katy Perry, and Rihanna.
Harris is the last headlining artist to be announced, alongside 2017 performers OneRepublic, Duran Duran, Ariana Grande, and Seal. The Chainsmokers will headline the Padang stage on September 16, while Harris will headline the Padang stage on the 17th. The event is set to take place September 15-17. Tickets are available here.
Pop EDM duo The Chainsmokers have been on quite a roll lately. They have successfully managed to become one of the most dominant and well-liked commercial house duos around, with their last three singles, “All We Know,” “Setting Fires,” and “Paris” racking up more than 100 million hits on YouTube alone. And their impossible to escape hit “Closer” hitting quadruple platinum (with a fifth platinum nod on the way).
With their latest tweet, it seems that Alex and Drew are ready to embark on the next chapter of their rise to EDM superstardom — the full length album, In a recent tweet, they have finally confirmed their debut album as well as a new tour for 2017.
After conquering the mainstream in 2016, The Chainsmokers are looking to add to their growing list of accolades. After teasing the track for weeks on social media, “Paris” has received an official release. It was premiered by the duo at their Los Angeles Convention Center show back on December 30. The instrument heavy track is the first official release to follow the quadruple platinum summer jam “Closer”.
The track opens with the duo’s vocalist Drew Taggart reminiscing about a bittersweet trip to Paris over a subtle piano melody and a simple kick, but quickly builds up into a guitar heavy refrain. Collaborator Louane delivers a wistful turn, harmonizing with Taggert for the latter half of the song. The songs remixable outro features a Chvrches-esque, explosion of glittery synthpop.
Though “Paris” is just as catchy as their recent singles, its chorus is a subtler effort, which changes throughout the melody. Structurally, it’s a more mature songwriting effort from the duo and seems to indicate their rise to pop EDM dominance may never end.
Listen to “Paris” and more of the week’s hottest tracks on Dancing Astronaut’s Hot 25 playlist.
2016 was a banner year for the Chainsmokers, especially after “Closer” took the New York duo to all new heights and turned them into certifiable pop stars. Not satisfied with the quadruple platinum success of their Halsey collaboration, Alex and Drew continue to spend countless hours in the studio crafting release after release, each more catchy than the next. Their next single is due out this Friday and the boys have uploaded a tasty teaser to their Facebook page for fans who want a sample of what’s in store on the 13th.
They’ve been playing this one out and teasing it for awhile now. Unofficial rips have circulated with speculation around the vocalist leading many publications to report that French singer Louane is the featured finger performing a duet with Drew.
Georgia-based promoter Shaky expanded beyond its roots in rock music last year, adding a complementary festival to its annual Shaky Knees gathering called Shaky Beats. This new member of the brand’s family catered to a younger demographic, assembling a hip-hop and EDM-centric lineup featuring Carnage, Porter Robinson, and more to ring in the new event’s premiere. Unsurprisingly, Shaky Beats turned out to be a widely accepted and successful addition to the Atlanta festival repertoire which saw thousands of enthusiastic fans attending it.
After announcing its continued presence in the Georgian music sphere, Shaky Beats has now unleashed the lineup for its second event, which will be taking place at the same location of Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park from May 5-7. The Chainsmokers, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, and more are some of the more high-profile names on the roster, while Claude VonStroke, Bonobo, and REZZ will be serving up flavors from the underground. In addition, rising bass act Illenium will also be joining the fray for a special live performance.
Las Vegas behemoth Wynn Nightlife has finalized a bold residency deal for its clubs with perhaps the biggest EDM crossover stars of late: The Chainsmokers. Having spent the past year creating a series of chart-topping hits, Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall have signed onto an exclusive three-year deal that will see the duo headline a significant handful of shows across Wynn’s main clubs, XS and Encore.
The Chainsmokers will commence their slew of performances on January 6 at XS – a season which will stretch until May 12. The duo’s exclusivity deal branches farther out that one might expect, as XS and Encore will be the only venues in the world to experience The Chainsmokers in a club setting until 2019.
“We’re excited to welcome The Chainsmokers to XS and Encore Beach Club. Partnering with such talented and sought-after artists exemplifies Wynn Nightlife’s commitment to bringing world-class entertainment to our luxury venues,” Managing Partner and Vice President Alex Cordova said of the signing. Alex Pall shared Cordova’s sentiments, expressing the group’s support in working with “the best of what Las Vegas has to offer.”
Insomniac’s Countdown has become its cornerstone New Year’s Eve event for bass, big room, and electro house enthusiasts, hosting an impressive lineup this year with A-trak, Steve Aoki, and more across two days at the NOS Events Center. Revelers this year enjoyed the lineup immensely, refusing to let weather conditions place a hindrance on their celebration. Live sets emerging from the gathering have begun surfacing, which easily justify the level of excitement catalyzed by the Countdown’s headliners’ electrifying sets. Stream sets from the likes of Diplo, Alesso, and more below.
The Chainsmokers have a knack for bringing out star-studded special guests. From G-Eazy and Tiësto at Coachella, to Desiigner at Austin City Limits, they never fail to bolster their biggest performances with high profile guest appearances.
For their headlining show from the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday night — likely their biggest solo show to date — the duo upped the nostalgia factor and brought out the Backstreet Boys.
Watch a clip of the seminal pop group performing “I Want It That Way” and “Larger Than Life” above.
It’s hard to make the case that anyone has a more firm grip on music’s pulse than Diplo. Wesley Pentz seems perpetually ahead of the curve with what the next trending wave is going to be, and between his Mad Decent’s catalog of releases this year, his own releases, and his side projects’ movements, its safe to say Diplo maintained his status as pop music’s foremost trendsetter in 2016.
To sum up an exciting year at the intersection of dance, hip-hop, and pop, Diplo took on the final Diplo & Friends mix of 2016 to plug a handful of the year’s most notable releases. Spanning a full two hours, the Major Lazer frontman nods to some of his favorite tunes of the year, patching together a colorful mix that covers everything from Beyoncé to Dillon Francis and everything in between.