The Chainsmokers may have already seen a lot of success with their singles that they released in 2018, but they are still seeing chart-topping sales for their last album, Memories… Do Not Open. Even though it has been over a year since the award-winning album, it is still topping the charts in the Dance category. This achievement makes the 2017 release the third longest running album to stay at the top spot on Billboard’s Dance charts.
With 34 non-consecutive weeks at the number 1 spot, it looks like it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. If The Chainsmokers’ Memories… Do Not Open does happen to drop beneath that coveted position, it probably won’t be for that long. Billboard’s Dance and Electronic chart measures the most popular albums based on pure data instead of any opinions that may skew the results.
Tied with Memories… Do Not Open is the album Demon Days from the Gorillaz that was released 13 years ago. Even to this day, Demon Days still finds itself on the Billboard charts. Unfortunately for the Gorillaz, there isn’t much of a chance for Demon Days to hit the top spot again which looks great for The Chainsmokers. In just a few weeks, Memories… Do Not Open might secure the number 3 spot from the Gorillaz.
While there have been times when The Chainsmokers have lost the top spot to make room for other artists, it usually isn’t long until they hop back to number 1. An example is the weeks that directly followed EDM artist Avicii’s death. Both Drew Taggart and Alex Pall greatly respected Avicci and recognized his work during the Billboard Music Awards with Halsey and alone.
The Chainsmokers originally consisted of Alex Pall and Rhett Bixler. It wasn’t until 2012 that Drew Taggart replaced Bixler and they began became a DJ duo. Before creating the original arrangements that they are best known for, they began by remixing indie songs. They obtained international recognition when their single “Selfie” was re-released under Republic Records in 2014.
Building a band is not something that is easy. Finding the right people to be in the band isn’t either. For Andrew Taggart however, when the first member of the Chainsmokers left, he wanted to move forward by bringing someone else in. This was the best thing that he could have ever done. It opened up for a whole new friendship to occur between him and Alex Pall.
Using social media has allowed for bands and fans to be able to communicate with one another. Bands are able to see what their fans are really up to and what age bracket that they see those fans in. The Chainsmokers have been able to see what ages their fans are and to see messages from fans that allow them to peek inside of their fans lives. One woman wrote to them to tell them about her mother singing along and humming to one of their songs. This was something that had social media never happened, they would not have known about. Even the small things matter to the band.
The Chainsmokers have started to see a difference in the people attending their shows. The audience members were once a set age bracket and since they have started to release new music unlike anything that they had ever released, there are now even more people attending their shows of all age brackets. The original followers are still present and accounted for however the number of new fans is always growing which is making their shows even more packed than ever before.
Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall know how to put on a show and have been able to do things for their fans that they never thought they would have. One thing that they have begun doing is singing for their fans. Andrew took to his vocals to sing lead on the song “Closer” which was something that created a new level of playing for bands that they never thought they could have competed against. With each new change, the band has been able to reach the top of the charts and have been able to hold onto their spot because of the music they keep releasing.
Andrew Taggart is an original member of the band The Chainsmokers and when his counterpart opted to leave, there left an opening. That is when Alex Pall and him met. In that moment, the two spent some time learning about each other and found that they would be perfect to continue the band on. That simple thought has led them to becoming a top chart selling performer of all time. They have been lucky enough to climb the charts and to stay there.