The Chainsmokers have evolved into a dominating musical force with a diverse repertoire of songs that have led them to become today's hottest young artist/producer duo. With a signature sound that deftly reaches across indie, progressive and pop realms, their original tracks and remixes have topped the charts throughout the world.
Their evolution as producers and as songwriters has seen them dial up some of the biggest breakthrough songs of today. In 2016, The Chainsmokers were nominated for three Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, two Teen Choice Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards. They have performed all over the world to sold-out crowds at their own headline shows and major festivals including SXSW, Ultra and Coachella, and also at the 2016 American Music Awards and the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.
The Chainsmokers proved themselves to be the breakout story of 2016 with over 5 Billion global streams and three multiplatinum singles - "Closer" (4x), "Don't Let Me Down"(4x) and "Roses" (3x). Each track reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with "Closer" holding the #1 spot for 12 weeks, making it the longest running #1 of 2016. The track matched the record for the longest-running #1 single at Pop radio with 10 weeks atop the chart, and it broke the record for number of weeks at #1 on the Billboard Dance/Mixshow chart with 17 weeks. The song's official lyric video has reached a staggering 1 Billion views on VEVO, the only lyric video in existence to break 1 Billion views. "Closer" is available on the 'Collage' EP, which debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart upon release.
"Closer" and "Don't Let Me Down" also landed The Chainsmokers in many 'Best of 2016' lists, including those from The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Teen Vogue, Entertainment Weekly and more. The duo's brand new single "Paris," dubbed a "low-key banger" by USA TODAY, immediately shot to the #1 spot on iTunes' Top Songs chart upon release and debuted at #7 on Billboard's Hot 100, marking the duo's fourth track to reach the Top 10 and their highest entrance on the chart to date.
LA based band Grouplove first came together in 2009 and were quickly hailed for their standout live performances, both as headliners and at such international festivals as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Reading + Leeds Festivals, and Glastonbury. Now, with three acclaimed, studio albums and countless sold out shows around the world, the band has established themselves as one of music’s most exhilarating acts. The quintet’s most recent release, “BIG MESS” – produced by the band’s own Ryan Rabin, under the moniker Captain Cuts, and Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Band Of Horses, The Shins) - arrived last September, supported by a slate of national television performances of its lead single and Top 5 Alternative hit “Welcome To Your Life” on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” NBC’s “TODAY,” and CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Late Late Show with James Corden.” Outlets ranging from Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly to Interview and NYLON heralded the band and their latest offering while fans packed their headlining “Big Mess World Tour.” Grouplove’s new single “Good Morning” is beginning its ascent at Alternative radio.
“BIG MESS” follows 2013's "SPREADING RUMOURS," which was also met with a raft of praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, NYLON, and National Public Radio who called it "ludicrously easy to love." The collection - produced by Rabin - featured singles "Shark Attack" and the RIAA-certified Gold “Ways To Go.” In 2014, Grouplovecontributed the original song "Let Me In" to "The Fault in Our Stars - Music From the Motion Picture," the musical companion to the blockbuster film based on The New York Times bestseller. That same year, the band was tapped to create the theme song to the Netflix Original Series "BoJack Horseman." Last year, vocalist/keyboardist Hannah Hooper collaborated with Volcom for a Lady Grouplovecapsule collection of clothing inspired by her personal style and artwork.
Grouplove’s debut full length "NEVER TRUST A HAPPY SONG" arrived in 2011, featuring a trio of breakout singles – the RIAA-certified Gold "Colours," "Itchin' On A Photograph," and the RIAA-certified Platinum hit "Tongue Tied" which spent 3 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Alternative radio chart.
Grouplove is: Christian Zucconi (vocals, guitar), Hannah Hooper (vocals, keys), Andrew Wessen (guitar, vocals), Ryan Rabin (drums), and Daniel Gleason (bass).
The river of soul music flows on deep and strong, and 26-year-old Leon Bridges is immersed in its life-giving current. The Forth Worth, Texas native and Columbia Records artist released his debut album, ‘Coming Home,’ in June of 2015 to critical and public acclaim. "I'm not saying I can hold a candle to any soul musician from the '50s and '60s," Bridges says, "but I want to carry the torch."
Humility aside, Bridges' light is burning bright. Following the October 2014 release of two tunes that set the on-line world aflame, and accompanied by intimate solo shows from London to Los Angeles and Nashville to New York, the singer and songwriter has proved himself a rare talent who can do smoldering ballads and elemental rock'n'roll with equal aplomb. While he appears to have emerged cut from the cloth and fully formed, Bridges explains in his dulcet voice how he came to be here now.
"As a kid I grew fascinated with modern R&B. In high school I'd try singing songs by Ginuwine and Usher," he explains, "and I thought well, maybe they weren't in my range." Instead, a lithe, nimble physicality led Leon to study dance at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth. "I'd been doing hip-hop dance since I was 11 years old," he says. "I knew there was a dance program there, and I started diving into ballet and jazz and modern technique and learning choreography. I thought that's what I wanted to do."
Native inspiration soon diverted his path. "A friend of mine brought his keyboard to school every day, and we'd have these little jam sessions, improvising, and I started to find my voice." One day a female friend asked Bridges to look after her guitar while she went to class. "I asked her to show me a couple chords first. And she did: A-minor and E-minor. I fell in love with their sound, and that's when I started writing songs, from those two chords."
Los Angeles duo of composers Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian initially met on craigslist in 2008 and worked as jingle writers until they formed the indie electro band Capital Cities in 2010. They released an EP independently in 2011 that included the song “Safe and Sound,” an upbeat mesh of synths and melody that spread like wildfire across the Internet.
When they discovered through social media that an alternative radio station in Peru began to play the song, they connected with fans from Lima and organized tours in South America.
Encouraged by the experience, the band self-funded a promotional campaign and got on the radio in the states. Soon after, the music industry and the rest of the world took notice. Capitol Records signed the band’s indie label Lazy Hooks and released Capital Cities’ debut album In A Tidal Wave of Mystery in June, 2013.
“Safe and Sound” went multi-Platinum in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Mexico, and others, and shot to the top of numerous international charts, including number one on alternative radio in the U.S. and number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.
The music video, a celebratory mash-up of dancing from various eras and cultures, received a VMA and a Grammy nomination.
The band has played in front of hundreds of thousands of fans on four continents. Merchant and Simonian are joined by bassist Manny Quintero, trumpeter Spencer Ludwig, guitarist Nick Merwin, and drummer Channing Holmes.