The Gorillaz are legends. The dance band took the world by storm more than a decade ago with catchy tunes from their album “Demon Days.” The album, as a testament to the Gorillaz’s popularity, has spent more than 13 years on Billboard’s top electronic dance albums chart. And it has spent an astonishing 34 weeks in the number one position over those years.
That’s why the latest feat of the Chainsmokers is so impressive. Their album, “Memories… Do Not Open,” dropped a little more than a year ago. It has battled with The Gorillaz while achieving the top spot 34 times. This ties the Chainsmokers with the Gorillaz for third-most time spent at the top.
This puts The Chainsmokers down in the history books. They are already as legendary as The Gorillaz and they managed to do it in just a year. It took the Gorillaz 13 years to achieve the same status. And it looks like the Chainsmokers will overtake The Gorillaz in the very near future.
The Gorillaz have slinked away from the limelight. The band members were never really comfortable with fame. It’s why they were always portrayed as cartoon characters. But the Chainsmokers are really leaning into their fame. They do interviews while touring the world and can often be seen in Vegas on the weekends. This relevancy should put them into the number one spot on the Billboard chart for best electronic dance albums yet again. This means they have a good chance of overtaking the legendary Gorillaz.
And it’s quite a remarkable feat for the DJ duo that almost never was. Founding member Alex Pall started The Chainsmokers in college with another friend. Meanwhile, current member Alex Taggart was graduating college and getting a job with Interscope Records. The two were introduced in New York City by a music manager. Then they went their separate ways.
That’s when Alex Pall’s buddy dropped out of The Chainsmokers. Alex heard of the break and quickly moved to New York to join the band. They dropped two EP records full of singles before releasing their first full-length that would break records.