Their 61 week haul is the second longest an act has ever spent in the Top 10, just weeks eight weeks off Kay Perry’s all time record, set back in 2011. They’re also only the third group to have three simultaneous Top 10 songs on the list. These astronomical numbers are a clear indication of The Chainsmokers’ success and popularity.
With their success over the past 2 years, The Chainsmokers were quickly breaking records for Billboard’s hot songs chart. After reaching the #2 position for most consecutive weeks in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100, The Chainsmokers aimed to break Katy Perry’s 69-week streak. Unfortunately, as The Chainsmokers got ‘closer,’ they failed to fully
A headline this week made waves in the rapidly evolving streaming industry when Vulture claimed Spotify has been paying producers upfront for their services whilst placing fake artist alias’ on premium playlists to maximize profit for the streaming service and minimize artist payouts.
The article written by Adam K. Raymond included the following allegation: “This upfront payment saves the company from writing fat streaming checks that come with that plum playlist placement, but tricks listeners into thinking the artists actually exist and limits the opportunities for real music-makers to make money.”
A Spotify spokesperson has denied the allegations in an email to Billboard, saying:
“We do not and have never created ‘fake’ artists and put them on Spotify playlists. Categorically untrue, full stop. We pay royalties — sound and publishing — for all tracks on Spotify, and for everything we playlist. We do not own rights, we’re not a label, all our music is licensed from rightsholders and we pay them — we don’t pay ourselves.”
In response to Raymond categorizing Spotify individuals gaming the system, the spokesperson said the following, “As we grow there will always be people who try to game the system. We have a team in place to constantly monitor the service to flag any activity that could be seen as fraudulent or misleading to our users.”
Raymond has since revealed he cited an article from 2016 published on Music Business Worldwide for background on Spotify’s practice. According to his article, Spotify did not initially respond to his questions about the allegation.
Throughout the course of LGBT Pride Month, countless artists have voiced their and support for the LGBTQ community. Earlier in June, GRiZ notably told his story of coming to terms with his sexuality in an inspirational OP-ED for Huffington Post. Now, Martin Garrix has provided another far-reaching perspective on the topic.
As part of Billboard’s “Love Letters to the LGBTQ Community” series, the Dutch artist joined public figures such as Barbra Streisand, Elton John, and Elizabeth Warren to write his own narrative of support for equality regardless of sexual orientation.
In his “love letter,” Garrix recounted how citizens of his country linked together in support of the LGBTQ community after two gay men were assaulted for holding hands in public, and provided his own personal message of advocacy based on his own experiences performing:
A couple of weeks ago, two gay men were assaulted in Holland because they were holding hands. A tragic event which sparked a beautiful response; a couple of days after the event took place hundreds of people walked hand in hand through Amsterdam to show their solidarity including many politicians. When people unite and stand up for other people’s rights it creates such a beautiful and powerful message. We will not be defined by these heinous acts but instead how we band together and react to them, loyal, united and filled with love.
Whenever I’m on stage it makes me so happy to see all these different people in the crowd having fun together. Music really unites people and no matter who tries to get in our way, it will always continue to do so. This Pride month I’m sending my love and immense gratitude to the entire LGBTQ community which includes my friends, colleagues, fellow artists, and of course my incredibly loyal fans.
Billboard, the acclaimed music industry publication, has struck gold again with the announcement of their New York-based Hot 100 Music Festival. This summer the festival will be returning to Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater for two days of star studded performances, set for August 19-20. The lineup has over 50 artists including headlining performances
As Calvin Harris puts the finishing touches on his new album ‘Funk Wav Bounce Vol. 1,’ Calvin Harris continues to rise to the top of the charts. Calvin Harris, Future and Khalid’s “Rollin” has made quite a statement for itself already, but so has his track with Migos and Frank Ocean. The summer smash titled
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:
Following the release of their latest hit single, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso have reportedly achieved their second number 1 single as a duo on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart for “I Love You.” The song featuring Kid Ink was released back on March 8th, 2017 and has since received remixes by CID, David Puentez and
The Billboard Hot 100 just updated and here’s how all of your favorite EDM acts are performing on music’s most prestigious chart!
Firstly, The Chainsmokers. “Paris” dropped out of the Top 10 from debuting at #7 last week to #13 this week due to a slowdown in digital sales and streaming, but with a huge jump in the Radio Play chart, perhaps it could bounce back the following week. That being said, “Closer” returned to the Top 3, snagging the spot back from “Black Beatles” and continues to make pop radio history. Since its debut in the Top 10 of the Hot 100 back in August at #9, “Closer” has remained on the Top 10 for 26 consecutive weeks – let’s see how long they can keep this up.
“Starboy” by The Weeknd and Daft Punk drops from #5 to #8 which rounds out dance music’s representation in the Top 10. If you look further down though you’ll see that there are still representatives from the dance music world hanging around. “Let Me Love You” is holding steady at #16 for the second straight week while “Starving” climbs back in the Top 20 on the backs of a successful week for Grey, Hailee Steinfeld, and Zedd both going platinum and breaking new ground on the Mediabase adult contemporary charts.
Having already collaborated with Wyclef Jean and reaching #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart, Xenia Ghali is a quickly rising star in the scene. Her most recent release, “Places,” came out on her own independent record label Funky Sheep Records and further demonstrates that Ghali is a name to remember.
The track begins soft, pierced with Raquel Castro’s lustrous vocals. The chords carry the listener into a groove that gets your body ready to dance. The bass filled drop is all you’d hope from a dance hit. Combining deep house elements with a little groove, Ghali creates an audio atmosphere that is hard to tear yourself away from.