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The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers

Grammy Award-winning and Billboard Chart topping artist/producer duo, The Chainsmokers, have evolved into a dominating musical force with a diverse repertoire of songs that have led them to become one of music’s hottest recording acts. Comprised of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, their signature sound deftly reaches across indie, progressive, and pop realms. Their evolution as producers and as songwriters has seen them develop some of the biggest breakthrough songs over the course of the last few years, and their original tracks and remixes have topped the charts throughout the world.

In 2016, the group catapulted to worldwide stardom with three certified Multi-Platinum hits. “Roses,” featuring Rozes, from their Gold certified debut EP, Bouquet, was a 4X Platinum smash that shot to #1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. “Don’t Let Me Down” featuring Daya, included on the duo’s second Platinum selling EP titled Collage, went 4X Platinum and was a top 5 Billboard Hot 100 hit. The duo won the “Best Dance Recording” Grammy for the track at the 2017 Grammy Awards. Their Diamond certified single “Closer,” featuring Halsey, was also included on the Collage EP and went on to become the longest running #1 single of 2016 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In April 2017, the group released their debut album titled Memories…Do Not Open via Disruptor Records/Columbia Records and embarked on their highly successful 40-city “Memories…Do Not Open” arena tour. The Platinum certified album debuted at #1 in the U.S. on the Billboard 200 chart and produced the global 2X Platinum certified smash “Paris,” which debuted at #7 and marked the duo’s highest first week entrance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart to date. The 4X Platinum certified “Something Just Like This,” featuring Coldplay, peaked in the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track earned the group a 2018 Grammy nomination for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.”

In December 2018, The Chainsmokers released their building album, titled Sick Boy, which includes the Gold certified single “This Feeling,” featuring Kelsea Ballerini and “Side Effects,” featuring longtime collaborator Emily Warren. Most recently, the duo has released new single “Who Do You Love” featuring multi-Platinum band 5 Seconds of Summer. Fans can catch The Chainsmokers live this fall headlining their “WORLD WAR JOY” North American arena tour. The duo will also maintain their extended Wynn Nightlife Residency in Las Vegas and will continue releasing music and touring across the globe throughout 2019.

Judah & The Lion

Judah & the Lion

For Judah & the Lion, the last two years should've been the best of their lives as the Nashville band toured behind a powerful single and a genre-upending album, sharing stages with heroes and playing to oceans of fans. But as everything was coming together for them, singer-guitarist Judah Akers' family was falling apart in a hail of alcoholism and affairs, death and divorce. From that tension comes Pep Talks, the trio's third LP and a hard left turn into deeply personal terrain. Knowing they had something new on their hands, Judah, Brian Macdonald (mandolin), and Nate Zuercher (banjo) took their time crafting a set of songs that not only shores up their one-of-a- kind sound—a heart-pounding whirl of folk, bluegrass, rock, hip-hop and electronic production— but takes the listener on a bracingly candid, surprisingly anthemic journey from the kind of pain that tears your whole world apart to the sort of hard-won hope that can bridge the deepest of rifts.

Judah & the Lion has been a family unto itself since forming at Nashville's Belmont University in 2011. Judah was from nearby Cookeville, an aspiring baseball player with a secret love for folk guitar. Brian, from Chicagoland, was mostly obsessed with piano. Coloradan Nate was a son of symphony players but preferred metal. Their differences were their strength as they crafted their sound over a bluegrass-heavy debut, Kids These Days, and a mold-breaking follow-up, Folk Hop n' Roll, both produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and made in two weeks. In 2017, their triumphant "Take It All Back" topped the alternative songs chart for three weeks in a row, paving the way for a Best New Rock/Alternative Artist win at the 2018 iHeartRadio Awards. While many of Pep Talks' songs were written on the bus immediately after the band's famously high energy shows—at various festivals and on tours with Twenty One Pilots, Incubus, Jimmy Eat World, and Kaleo—the boys co-produced and recorded this LP over three inspired months with help from boundary-busting friends like Darren King, Jon Bellion, and Kacey Musgraves.

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