Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, known musically as The Chainsmokers, hit the music scene hard in 2012. Their meteoric rise in the EDM genre is noteworthy. The music duo continually reinvents themselves as they grow individually and as musicians and that keeps their music fresh. While The Chainsmokers is comfortably topping the charts, they do not focus on the charts. Instead of letting the charts dictate where they want to go, they concentrate on making music that appeals to them and their dynamic and exciting live performances keep their fans wanting more.
Since their inception, The Chainsmokers have had five Top 10 hits and a Number 1 hit. Their first song to chart, “Closer” featuring Halsey peaked at Number 1. “Closer” stayed at its peak position for 12 straight weeks and it remained on the Billboard Charts for 52 weeks. “Don’t Let Me Down” featuring Daya on lead vocals charted for a full year, peaking at Number 3 on the Billboard Charts. “Roses” featuring Rozes on vocals resided on the Billboard Chart for 31 weeks peaking at Number 6 position, as did another chart-topping hit, “Paris” that stayed on the Billboard Charts for 20 weeks. Peaking at Number 3 on the Billboard Charts and charting for ten months was their hit “Something Just Like This,” a collaboration with Coldplay.
Staying on the Billboard Chart for 11 weeks and peaking at Number 16, “#Selfie” was another chart-topping hit for the dynamic duo. Other chart-topping hit songs are “All We Know” featuring Phoebe Ryan; “Sick Boy” released this year; “Setting Fires” featuring XYLO; “Honest” and “The One” round out their chart-topping successes.
Pall and Taggart pride themselves on pushing the envelope and stepping outside of their musical comfort zone to stay relevant musically. Realizing making music is a subjective activity, The Chainsmokers make music they want to do. They put their music out into the world with the goal of reaching the heart of their fans. Staying fresh and current has helped the duo win one Grammy and nomination for a second Grammy award.
Jay-Z’s impressive $150 million deal with Live Nation is ending soon, and the mogul is meeting with other prominent figures in the music industry about investing in his Roc National recorded music business. In 2008, Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, signed a 10-year deal with Live Nation. Check this on pagesix.com.
Since the deal will be up next year, a buy-sell could result from the ending of the deal, which means that either Live Nation or Carter could either buy the company or sell their respective stakes to each other. According to sources, Live National hopes to continue its successful touring deal with Jay, but is no longer participating in the recorded music end of the agreement. One music insider also stated that Carter’s 360 deal with Live Nation will indeed end in 2018, and that the previous Live Nation deal bought into the rapper’s recorded music and rights. Live Nation is no longer in the business of purchasing recorded music. Artists who are under the Roc Nation label include Shakira, Rihanna, Meek Mill, Fat Joe, and of course, Jay-Z. More to read on runninglip.com
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Desiree Perez, also known as Des Perez, is Jay-Z’s close business associate, and has helped him secure and maintain a number of lucrative deals. Perez has worked with Carter for about 20 years, and has an impressive track record running SC Enterprises. Perez is well known for crunching numbers, and she is a tough negotiator that helps to secure million dollar business deals. Perez is experience in publishing and labeling operations, which makes her a viable asset to Carter’s various companies and business ventures, including Tidal, Jay-Z’s new music streaming service. Click on igstars.com for more reading. Des Perez also works with a collective that acts as the creative force behind Tidal. This group of professionals is known as the Hova Circle of Influence, and includes Jay Brown, Chaka Pilgrim, Ty Ty Smith and Jana Fleischman. Related article on templeofthecave.com
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