Chainsmokers and YouTube: Alex Pall and Drew Taggart Reach Two Billion Views on “Closer” Lyric Video

Chainsmokers and YouTube - Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart Reach Two Billion Views on “Closer” Lyric Video

The Chainsmokers are not only in the billion views club as a duo, their lyric video for “Closer” recently hit 2 billion views by itself. “Closer” has steadily gained momentum since its release in 2016 and shows no signs of stopping. This is excellent news as The Chainsmokers kick off their spring run of shows both in Europe and overseas. The duo is booked for a residency at the Wynn for the next three years, headlining a stage at Ultra Music Festival, and will appear at several venues in Europe and Asia.

The Chainsmokers’ Twitter account celebrated the achievement with an announcement.

The video was directed by Rory Kramer, whose work as a videographer and director includes videos with singers from Justin Bieber to Kanye West. His credits also include the docu-series ‘Dare to Live,’ broadcast by MTV.

A long-standing Chainsmokers’ collaborator, Kramer, directed the recent “You Owe Me” and “All We Know” videos in 2016.

While critics discuss the ever-evolving sound of this once EDM and now electro-pop duo it’s clear from this achievement that old and new fans alike are happily along for the ride. The current three singles are poised to draw in fans even more supporters.

The Chainsmokers’ Achievements to Date

The big two billion comes after a string of near fairytale-esque accolades and chart dominations. Since their breakout in 2014, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart continue to reinvent themselves and keep music fans intrigued. Here are some of the duo’s achievements so far in their career.

The Chainsmokers’ Wins at the American Music Awards

2016 Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist

2017 Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist

The Chainsmokers’ Wins at the Billboard Awards

2016 Top Dance/Electronic Artist

2017 Top Collaboration

Top Dance/Electronic Song

The Chainsmokers’ Wins at the Grammys

2017 Best Dance Recording

The Chainsmokers’ Wins at the iHeartRadio Music Awards


Dance Album of the Year

Best New Artist

Best New Pop Artist

Dance Artist of the Year


Best Collaboration ‘Something Just Like This’ ft. Coldplay

Dance Artist of the Year

Dance Album of the Year – Memories…Do Not Open

Other Chainsmokers’ Accolades

MTV Europe Music Awards, 2017 Best World Stage

Myx Music Awards 2017, Favorite International Video

NRJ Music Awards 2016, Best New DJ

WDM Radio Awards 2017, Best Trending Track

2018 Releases

There wasn’t any new material from The Chainsmokers between July of 2017 and the dawn of the new year, but they’ve steadily released a single each month in 2018. January’s debut, “Sick Boy,” reached #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, setting the tone for what promises to be a good year for the duo. The video for “Sick Boy” has over 128,000,000 views and counting.

“You Owe Me” was the next follow-up, hitting the airwaves in February of 2018. The song itself is poppy and sweet while the video is surprisingly dark. It already has over 31,000,000 views to its credit on YouTube.

The most recent release, ‘Everybody Hates Me,’ so far only an audio track, already has 6,000,000 in a week since the band released it. It surely got a boost from fans who saw the artists perform this new song during the current tour, as the comments under the video and the CS social media page indicate.

Live Instrumentation Creeps into The Chainsmokers’ Material

Since Alex Pall and Drew Taggart were introduced to each other by Pall’s manager, Adam Alpert in 2012, they’ve experienced a meteoric rise. Their breakthrough happened in 2014, although both DJs were working on material and honing their craft long before their meeting.

The Chainsmokers aren’t afraid to step out from behind the usual production role. They’ve long been active participants in crafting their songs and now even supply the bulk of the vocals themselves.

Interview Magazine asked Alex Pall about this transition. Pall responded, “We were like, ‘Well, why not?’ And the real answer for you is because none of these people write the lyrics to their songs. We work with songwriters too but we write the songs with them—they’re about us. We sit in the room; we’re throwing our hands in. Some of the songs, we wrote the whole thing. Some of them, we’re there guiding it. It’s always different but it’s always us.”

Along the way, The Chainsmokers have picked up a few interesting members to perform with them. Matt McGuire and Tony Ann are both accomplished, trained musicians used to playing live, who have performed with The Chainsmokers after being discovered on social media.

Drummer Matt McGuire just celebrated his one-year anniversary with Pall and Taggart. This Australian session drummer has posted videos of ‘savage’ covers of songs that included The Chainsmokers’ hit ‘Paris’ from their Memories…Do Not Open album.

The official Facebook account for the artists let the fanbase know about McGuire and how he landed a spot on the then tour.

Pianist Tony Ann also joined up with The Chainsmokers thanks to an epic “Paris” cover in February of 2017. He also marks his one year stint as a part of The Chainsmokers. He has toured with the group and also helped write ‘Sick Boy,’ the first single from the yet untitled album.

Before the come-up, Ann was virtually unknown with a modest 8,000 YouTube subscribers and 2,000 Instagram followers.

Live instrumentation is rare in the EDM genre, since dance tracks are heavily based on electronic samples and feature little if any live instrumentation. This makes The Chainsmokers stand out in the genre.

The Chainsmokers Crush Vegas with Extended Wynn Residency

Chainsmokers fans have an extraordinary opportunity to see the ever exciting EDM duo in an intimate club setting during their exclusive three-year residency in Las Vegas. The run of shows is underway and continues through 2019.

The Chainsmokers will perform at both the XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club at the Wynn resort. If you’re in the US, these are the only club shows The Chainsmokers are booked to play. Fans overseas have a chance to see them at several locations in Europe and Asia through the end of the summer.

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