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The Chainsmokers Have Everyone Addicted

2013 launched the careers of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, better known as The Chainsmokers, when they released a self-proclaimed “annoying ass record” #Selfie. While #Selfie hit the Top 20 on Billboard, peaking at number 16, it received mixed reviews. Still, it garnered much attention and the song hit the charts in several countries and the success, albeit unexpected, prompted the release of the band’s first EP Bouquet in 2015 with the leadoff single aptly called Roses.

The Chainsmokers continued to turn heads and garner attention putting out single after single and joining forces to collaborate with some of the biggest names on the music scene. There were projects with Daya, Swedish singer Charlee and the number one Platinum hit Closer with Halsey. They started selling out notable venues such as Red Rocks and winning awards including two American Music Awards.

Now five years later the EDM DJ duo are continuing to consistently put out hit singles and change the landscape of music. Only three months into 2018 The Chainsmokers have released two new singles starting with Sick Boy in January and Everybody Hates Me which dropped last week. The new songs take a darker view of life in the limelight, showing the frustration and anger towards the world at large from The Chainsmokers viewpoint.

Part of the appeal of The Chainsmokers is their ability to catapult their success across multiple musical genres including pop, hip-hop, and dance. It’s not surprising to note that the band takes inspiration from a variety of fellow musicians citing Blink 182, Taylor Swift and Taking Back Sunday as strong influences.

What comes next for Taggart and Pall? They want to continue pushing the envelope and creating new sounds. Settling has never been an option for them and multiple new singles are set to be launched this year. No matter what happens, you can bet that The Chainsmokers will continue to blaze new ground and set fire to what came before.

Desiree Perez is the Toughest Business Negotiator in the Music Industry

Jay-Z and Live Nation have been in business together since 2008 after signing a 10-year-old deal in his recorded-music business – Roc Nation; the deal was for $150 million. Technically, the deal is expected to end next year, and either of them will be able to sell their stake of Roc Nation to the other.

Some sources have it that Live Nation wants to continue working with Jay-Z on the lucrative touring side of the deal but wants out of the recorded music part since they are no longer in the business of buying recorded music. Some of the most popular Roc Nation artists are Jay, Fat Joe, Meek Mill, Shakira, and Rihanna.

Jaz and Roc Nation’s exec Desiree Perez held a meeting with the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Group at his offices. Word on the street is that UMG is interested in a skate of Roc Nation.  Check

This could be a major booster to Jay Z’s company, giving him more ability to empower his artists and fight off the stiff competition he is facing from Apple Music and Spotify against his streaming service, Tidal. According to insiders, UMG is already working with Roc Nation, but on a small scale.  Related article on

About Desiree Perez

Desiree Perez is a top producer and business negotiator. Perez and Jay-Z have known each other for close to 20 years as business associates. She proved her business prowess beyond a reasonable doubt while running the SC Enterprises. For blogs and updates, visit Dez’ page.

She has an unbeatable track record of rigorous negotiation skills that helped Rihanna land a good deal with Samsung. At Roc Nation, Perez is a top decision maker and handles the publishing activities, sections of management and labeling operations of the business.

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