The Chainsmokers are known around the world and their fanbase seems to keep growing every day as their accolades increase as well. While their fanbase is one measure of success, the impressive amount of revenue that The Chainsmokers have been able to bring in is yet another. As of 2018, the DJing duo is the 2nd highest earning DJs in the entire world. Some of the music stars that the 2 beat out on the list put out by Forbes include Steve Aoki and David Guetta.
The Chainsmokers was co-founded in 2012 by Alex Pall before Drew Taggart left college at Syracuse University and joined Alex Pall in New York City. The 2 set out to pursue their musical dreams under Adam Alpert as their manager who still has the position today. When Taggart joined The Chainsmokers, Alex Pall left his position at an art gallery located in Chelsea, Manhattan so they could both pursue music as their full-time careers. While Alex Pall wishes that he had a more interesting backstory to the name, it was really just a combination of a love for weed and an open domain name that inspired him.
Their debut album Memories… Do Not Open continues to have impressive sales even more than 2 years after it was initially released in 2016. The album has since gone platinum since it was released and has made it to the top spot on the Billboard list of top dance/electronic singles many times. In fact, it has been in the top position more than every other album but 2 and recently beat out The Gorillaz’ Demon Days for the third spot. While the album had a few hit singles on it like “Paris“, The Chainsmokers’ Memories… Do Not Open is probably best known for “Closer”.
“Closer” was recorded by The Chainsmokers” in collaboration with the singer Halsey. She had already built an impressive following before the diamond-selling single was released, but its popularity sent her to new levels of popularity that she never expected to achieve so quickly.