“Topping the Billboard charts” is every musicians dream: It means your albums are selling, meaning people like your music and that you will be getting a nice paycheck from the royalties. Being at #1 not only means these things but it also means that you are at the top of the music world for the week. For the DJ/Dance duo the Chainsmokers, the #1 spot is nothing new.
With only one full-length album to their name the Chainsmokers have spent 35 weeks at #1 in the Dance/Electronic Albums chart at Billboard. While these weeks haven’t been consecutive the fact that the album, “Memories…Do not Open”, has returned to the top spot so many times since its release over a year ago is a testament to its strength. Tied with the Gorillaz’ “Demon Days” for the third most non-consecutive weeks at #1 the Chainsmokers debut album doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.
Though other albums from acts such as William Control, Above & Beyond, Kygo, Odesza and the recently deceased Avicii have knocked the Chainsmokers off the top spot they keep returning no matter what. “Memories…Do Not Open” has not left the Top 5 for Billboards Dance/Electronic Album charts for a year now.
Many speculate that the Gorillaz 13 year old album has seen its run at the top spot come to an end while the Chainsmokers show every sign of returning to the #1 spot again which would make that third place spot the Chainsmokers alone.
Comprised of DJ duo Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall the Chainsmokers was formed in New York City when Pall needed a new partner for his band. The two were introduced by a mutual friend and band manager, Adam Alpert. They had an immediate chemistry together and Taggart, who live in Maryland at the time, moved to NYC to form the Chainsmokers as a full-time musical endeavor.
Their debut EP “Bouquet” was released in 2015 and was a top 10 hit on Billboard. The duo have released many singles as well, many since “Memories…Do Not Open” was released last year.