The Chainsmokers are a prime example of how streaming culture has changed the music biz in a way that's unprecedented.
Today, the EDM duo, made up of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, unleash their first album ever, yet they've managed to claim the most No. 1s on the Hot 100 last year, and won a Grammy. Their formulaic system of catchy electro beats bouncing around a female featured artist made Alex and Drew household names. The next logical step was a proper LP, which they named Memories...Do Not Open, and it's out today. The record features previously released “Something Just Like This” featuring Coldplay, the Emily Warren-penned ballad "The One" and "Paris." Other collaborations on the record include Jhené Aiko and Florida Georgia Line.
"Not to get to into it right now but the whole album deals with experiences, memories and points of tension since drew and I started this crazy journey," The Chainsmokers tell BreatheHeavy.
They also dived into the meaning of "The One," a song about how their fame often isolates them from friends and family. "In the first verse is just about how much our life has changed recently, how we miss out and skip things as a result of putting this all first, and its just been sort of crazy realizing how deep we are in it now and how life is complicated," they said. "We constantly prioritize this life, and as a result we are missing out on memories and moments with our friends and families, and how we sort of feel like shit about it sometimes (not that we dont know how lucky we are)... The other half deals with the idea of knowing a relationship is just over and isnt working out but being too scared to end it, something we all can relate..."
Memories...Do Not Open. Hey, they warned us.