“Memories… Do Not Open” is the first studio album release made by the Chainsmokers, and currently the only one they have made. Formed in 2012, the EDM DJ Duo has made regular appearances on top charts. Like most groups they toiled in obscurity a bit before their breakthrough, which came in 2014 in the hands of single “#Selfie”. Since Memories the duo has evolved, changing the sound and depth of their music to remain relevant. Memories itself has remained on the top five, non-consecutively rising to the No. 1 slot every now and then. This has placed the album in the slot for third longest running No. 1 in dance history, alongside the Gorillaz’s album “Demon Days”. The chart is held in the dance/electronic music genre of Billboard’s Top 100 albums.
Memories continued success is beneficial to the New York-based duo of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. It gives them sound footing for the release of their new album “Somebody” which they have been preparing for with their recent 2018 singles “Sick Boy”, “You Owe Me”, and “Everybody Hates Me”. The duo has pushed boundaries from the start, and the dark themes beneath their newest songs are taking them to a new level.
The themes focus on current social topics and their effects of the society around them. The songs also contain elements of the duo’s actual lives. “Sick Boy” their first 2018 release focuses on the pressure of social media. It also features Andrew Taggart signing lead vocals, something he has done since 2016’s “Closer” and is an innovation in of itself. EDM DJ’s do not usually sing their own vocals, they bang their heads to the beat behind their comfy booth. The Chainsmokers come out from behind that booth, to forge themselves as artists.
Memories’ continued success makes the duo legitimate DJs. If Somebody gains the same success, it will make them artists. It looks like a good bet looking at the Duo’s track record, but only time will tell if it captures the same sensation as Memories currently does.