Ultra Music Festival 2019 has come to an end, and with that, endless IDs have surfaced, giving the electronic music community plenty to anticipate in the months to come. The Chainsmokers were among the artists to debut new music after an unexpected announcement that the duo linked up with none other than Illenium for a forthcoming track in the middle of their set.
The new release was debuted at the 42-minute mark of The Chainsmokers’ Ultra set, and it’s a recognizable blend of the artists’ styles. The vocals are undeniably catchy, as one would expect in a Chainsmokers’ track, but Illenium’s signature echoed layering of the vocals transports the listener to another realm. The Chainsmokers’ Drew Taggart also sings on the song, which falls into a chilling future bass drop.
Alex Pall and Taggart noted that this is the first time they’ve ever debuted a track at Ultra Music Festival. They did not announce when fans can expect the track to be released, but given they recently announced another full-length album in 2019, it would not be surprising if the track is set to be featured on the compilation in the year to come.
Fans of The Chainsmokers have learned to expect chart-topping pop collaborations from the electronic music-bred Alex Pall and Drew Taggart who comprise the superstar group. While catchy crossover releases have catapulted The Chainsmokers into pop culture notoriety, their first release of 2019 took even the most mainstream Chainsmokers lovers by surprise after they announced they were teaming up with Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer for single “Who Do You Love.” They subsequently announced that they would be embarking upon a North American tour with the group in a move that has been arguably The Chainsmokers’ most “mainstream” to date.
They’ve have now taken to Twitter to announce that the collaboration will be the first song featured on their forthcoming album, which will be titled World War Joy. The album is set to be released in 2019. While the album announcement is unexpected, it’s not surprising given the amount of new music The Chainsmokers have been teasing. No track list or collaborators other than 5 Seconds of Summer have been announced yet, but the duo are certainly finding a way to keep fans on their toes as they continue to release a wide variety of singles and long-form projects.
The Chainsmokers like to keep things dynamic, this time shaking things up on their latest, “Who Do You Love” featuring none other than Australian pop rockers, 5 Seconds of Summer. Drew Taggart and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers had been teasing the new cut for some time, though the pair waited until the night before the release to mention the track would be a collaborative effort with the Aussie outfit. News of the collaboration comes hot off the heels of The Chainsmokers’ newly revealed JuiceWRLD joints, which are expected to start surfacing soon.
Ashton Irwin of 5 Seconds of Summer posted about collaborating with The Chainsmokers, saying, “It’s very important to me that we remain diverse in the songs we release and the boundaries that we can break for a modern rock band. When we first heard the chorus of ‘Who Do You Love,’ we believed it was our chance to collaborate in a way we hadn’t before.”
Vocals from 5 Seconds of Summer carry the introduction of the song, and a soul-grabbing chorus is one of the track’s high points. The Chainsmokers’ latest collaboration and the accompanying lyric video are both out now.
It’s very important to me that we remain diverse in the songs we release and the boundaries that we can break for a modern rock band. When We first heard the chorus of “Who Do You Love” We believed it was our chance to collaborate in a way we hadn’t before. It’s out Thursday! X pic.twitter.com/uastMzLNbz
The Chainsmokers don’t keep fans waiting for long when it comes to new music releases. They have managed to perpetually place music lovers on their toes thanks to a wide spectrum of genre-spanning releases, including country music, pop, and dubstep collaborations, in addition to their feel-good electronic crossover releases. Drew Taggart and Alex Pall seemingly have another new track loaded in the relase cannon, as they recently tweeted out that they had a studio session with blink-182 that proved exceptionally fruitful.
Just did a session with blink182 and wrote an amazing song. We can die happy now
Superstar EDM duo The Chainsmokers have added another stroke of brilliance to their ongoing Sick Boy project, enlisting Stockholm-born vocalist Winona Oak on “Hope.” Based on the relatable themes outlined in this project, The Chainsmokers continue a dark, emotion-driven phase while bridging multiple genre gaps in the process.
The track’s rhythm and light synth patterns create a tropical-house feel, adding a soothing background for its verses of combined vocal contributions from Oak and Drew Taggart. Harmonic vocals and drum hits also push this into the indie-pop category, further proving the duo’s versatility across genres. Fans are also gifted with an official lyric video, featuring all parties associated singing on a wooden floor.
Apparently The Chainsmokers‘ recent release with NGHTMRE isn’t the only hard-hitting release on Sick Boy. The duo continue their stream of releases from the now seven-track collection with “Siren,” which is a collaboration with Aazar.
The opening of the track features Drew Taggart‘s vocals. Those who have listened to the duo’s live sets will recognize Taggart’s singing, as the duo has been cutting in his vocal clips into their performances. His singing leads to an intense drop, which was seemingly manufactured for club play, thanks to its infectious notes.
The Chainsmokers’ Sick Boy EP has been an intriguing mix of commercial chart-toppers and gritty dubstep releases, taking the duo back to their electronic roots. “Siren” is another example of their versatile production abilities, following the release of other EP hits like “Everybody Hates Me” and September’s “This Feeling.”
Call The Chainsmokers output radio fodder, but fans will be hard pressed to call their newest collaboration with NGHTMRE remotely close to the pop music that propelled the duo to megastardom. The track is titled “Save Yourself,” and it is a part of The Chainsmokers’ steady stream of releases, landing as the sixth track on their EP, Sick Boy.
Fans were surprised when NGHTMRE previewed the joint project during his EDC Las Vegas performance, and the full release proves that a live set is the track’s perfect home. “Save Yourself” features a monstrous bassline holding steady through dancing chords that build into cutting dubstep breaks. Drew Taggart is the vocalist on the track, which manages to complement the heavy production without being the focal point of the song. The Chainsmokers spoke in an official release about how the track serves as a ‘coming home’ for the duo, in a departure of their dominating pop sound.
“We are really excited about this tune. Tyler (NGHTMRE) has been a good friend of ours for sometime and we always talked about how great it would be to work together on a song. We have always been a huge fan of his style of producing and thought that if we came together on a song we could make something really unique and badass, and the idea of making something really gnarly was very appealing… We come from the dance world, those are our roots and we are really excited to release a song that is deeply rooted in that with NGHTMRE.”
The Chainsmokers never cease to surprise — this time in the form of Camila Mendes starring in their “Side Effects” music video. Mendes plays Veronica Lodge on the CW’s Riverdale, and is certainly an unexpected choice as the lead for the video. The track itself features Emily Warren, and it was the fifth and final release of The Chainsmokers’ latest EP, Sick Boy…Side Effects.
Mendes plays a hotel worker, and she is told by her boss that she will be working over the weekend. Her frustration turns to conviction as she rips off her hotel uniform and makes the world her dance floor. She dances around the pool, on a security guard, and through the hotel hallways. Racy scenes play in the background of her dancing, and if viewers pay close enough attention, they will see Pall and Taggart of The Chainsmokers make cameos in the video.
Nevada-native 18-year-old Sarah Hodge has lived with life-threatening Cystic Fibrosis since birth. Recently, Hodge was under the impression that she would be attending a Make-A-Wish event as an ambassador, however she quickly realized this was not the case as she walked into Intrigue Nightclub in Las Vegas and found herself being greeted by none other than Alex Pall and Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers.
The famed duo teamed up with Wynn Nightlife and Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada to make Hodge’s dreams of being a producer come true, giving her a brand new MacBook Pro with a suite of editing software installed. Pall and Taggart also gave her a hands on demonstration as to how to use her new equipment during their time together at Intrigue.
The teen spoke with local news outlets about her experience, and what she hopes to achieve in music production. “I walk through the doors and there’s a room full of people including my family,” she says. “And then I looked the other way and there’s these two guys holding a Macbook Pro which was my wish. And they’re The Chainsmokers.” She also states that her goal is to be the person behind the scenes producing the music for Billboard top 40 artists in the future.
With a personal tutorial under her belt, and a whole host of new equipment, Hodge can say her dream came true, thanks to the help of The Chainsmokers.
The Chainsmokers cannot seem to stay out of the spotlight. Over recent years, the American DJ Duo have taken over the world with their pop drop sound that has captivated all walks of life. The sound that helped to build the EDM brand was cemented when they duo dropped their “Memories Do Not Open” Album