“Memories… Do Not Open” is an album currently on its thirty-fourth turn in the No. 1 slot of Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Album Chart. It is presently tied with Gorrilaz’s “Demon Days”, another top charting album with its own set of thirty-four turns. Memories is not letting up however, and in the wake of Demon Days slowing down, it is now poised to take the spot over altogether. The album is the debut studio album of New York-based DJs the Chainsmokers. Its position is very good for the Chainsmokers, because they are preparing to release another album pretty soon.
The Chainsmokers are comprised of EDM, pop, and electro pop artists Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The duo released their debut album in 2016, following the success of prior released singles. Their breakthrough single, “#Selfie” started it all in 2014. It’s off and on No. 1 spot is a testament to the skill and loyal fanbase of the group. A fanbase that has stuck with them despite the change in their sound. Something the duo had always planned to duo according to interviews with Alex Pall.
The Chainsmokers have enjoyed constant mainstream success, despite still being fairly new to the mainstream world. And even though other artists and albums have eclipsed them regularly, the duo has always managed to come back. They have also been the subject of much innovation. In 2016 Andrew Taggart started singing lead vocals. First debuting in charging single “Closer”, and many other songs thereafter. Including brassy song “The One” which is the first track on Memories. As DJs do not typically provide their own vocals, Taggart’s singing was a unique trait. The duo’s involvement in songwriting has also set them apart. Whether writing the songs themselves, are participating in their writing, both Pall and Taggart have taken a more personal touch in their music. One that is evident in 2018’s “Sick Boy”.
“Sick Boy” contains dark themes connected to present day social norms. “Sick Boy” takes a look at the prevalence of social media, and even shares the duo’s personal experiences. It is the first of three singles currently paving the road for the duo’s second studio release. Hopefully, it will be as successful as Memories.