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Alex Pall Can Sing

While it may seem obvious that a band sings songs, the Chainsmokers have relied on famous singers to give voice to their songs. That is changing. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggert, the minds behind the Chainsmokers, are moving away from their DJ roots and becoming more involved in their songs. As true artists, they want to be involved in all aspects of the process. They hope it will reveal more of their true personalities. Instead of being more behind the music they now want to be front and center.

DJing was something Pall did from an early age in New York City. Although he always knew he had his own identity, he studied the music scene to see what other DJs were doing and what he felt was missing from the music scene. He is always thinking about his art, and in discussion with the second half of the Chainsmokers, Alex Taggart, they are constantly trying to find ways to evolve.

Their music reflects their personal views of what is happening in society, and so to pass off the important aspect of singing did not seem appropriate. They did not want to be thought of as the music that was used by someone else. They always wanted a stronger connection to their audience. They can tell that it is being successful. Through social media they can keep track of what their fans are feeling, although the dangers of social media is something they are tackling in their new music.

While they will always feel like DJs, and there is no doubt they will continue to work with some of the biggest names in the industry, they are also proud to put their own voices to the art they create. They are going to put that to the test with their next major tour.

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/11/the-chainsmokers-producing-movie-based-on-paris-single

The Chainsmokers Smash Hit “Closer” Reaches Diamond Status

“Closer,” one of the longest running No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic songs chart, has now been certified diamond in the U.S., according to a Forbes.com article. The track has achieved shipments of at least 10 million units. The biggest hit by The Chainsmokers, dance production duo Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, also features the vocal talent of Halsey, the stage name of singer Ashley Nicholette Frangipane. The blockbuster release had last been certified at seven-times platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) in March of 2017. The September 16, 2018 piece tells how The Chainsmokers and Halsey both broke the news of the advancement of their global smash hit from multi-platinum to diamond status on their Instagram pages by posting photos of themselves with their new plaques honoring the achievement. Jimmy Kimmel presented The Chainsmokers with their plaques. The surprisingly rapid rise and persistence at the top of the charts of “Closer” was described in the article. The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 record chart in late summer 2016. It dominated the all-genre singles listing for months. The successful song collected a string of awards and has helped both acts to earn Grammy nominations. The tune was nominated for a Grammy in 2017 in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category. “Closer” continues to gain more sales, streams and radio play. The article says the track was the longest running No. 1 hit on the Hot Dance/Electronic chart until recently being passed by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey’s “The Middle”. For The Chainsmokers, who already had several top 10 songs, “that one tune pushed them over the edge and made them true superstars,” and for Halsey, a rising star with a large fan base, the song “was truly her breakout hit single,” says Forbes.

https://www.grammy.com/grammys/artists/chainsmokers