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The dance electronic duo, The Chainsmokers, has seen massive success with their debut album, Memories… Do Not Open. The album has had 34 turns in the No. 1 slot on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart, and is tied for third for the most weeks spent in the top seat.
The duo, which consists of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, partnered with other chart-toppers, including Coldplay and Florida Georgia Line, on their first full-length album. Taggart describes their style as “blurring the lines between indie, pop music, dance music, and hip-hop,” and lists Pharrell Williams, Linkin Park and deadmau5 as influences. Memories… Do Not Open is on track to surpass Gorillaz’s Demon Days to claim third place as its own.
The Chainsmokers’ release of Memories… Do Not Open in April 2017 launched the duo into the dance/electronic music spotlight as the album debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The album was certified platinum in August 2017, the same month the duo was listed as third on Forbes’ World’s Highest Paid DJs list with earnings of $38 million.
Pall and Taggart found initial success in 2014 with their single “#Selfie,” which ranked on international dance/electronic charts. Described as “life-changing” by Pall, “#Selfie” set the stage for The Chainsmokers to continue on a path to greater chart-topping success. In 2015, their follow-up single, “Roses,” and debut EP, Bouquet, found commercial success. Additionally, in 2016, the duo partnered with Halsey on “Closer,” which peaked at No. 1 in both the United States and United Kingdom, and prompted an 18th place ranking on DJ Magazine’s “Top 100 DJs” list for the pair.
The Chainsmokers’ star does not appear to be fading, as the duo prepares to release a second studio album this year. Through a series of releases of singles like “Sick Boy,” “You Owe Me” and “Somebody,” Pall and Taggart continue to keep fans of their music enthralled and on the hook for more.
Lawrence Bender may be a film producer, working on many box office hits in Hollywood, but he is also known throughout Hollywood circles for his fundraising parties. Bender has been honored with awards for his efforts in the world of philanthropy, receiving the Torch of Liberty Award from the ACLU and receiving an honorary degree from the University of Maine, where he obtained a degree in civil engineering.
Lawrence Bender also attempted a career as a dancer, but ultimately he ended up working in the film industry. He began working in the film industry at the bottom of the totem pole, working as a grip on Tales of the Darkside, a popular child-friendly horror series from the 1980s.
Eventually, Bender worked his way up the Hollywood chain, landing a steady career as a film producer. The first major film that Bender worked on was in collaboration with Quentin Tarantino. Reservoir Dogs, that film, was also Tarantino’s directorial debut. The film could be considered a cult classic, kickstarting the unique career of Quentin Tarantino.
Reservoir Dogs was not Lawrence Bender’s first film production, although it was his first blockbuster.
The next film that Tarantino and Bender worked on together was Pulp Fiction, another cult classic in film. This movie, since its debut, has been leaving fans questioning the contents of the briefcase that is heavily featured throughout the film. The briefcase, of course, is nothing more than an ex machina, driving the story forward and creating intrigue for the viewer. Tarantino himself has said that nothing specific was ever in the briefcase.
Film produced by Lawrence Bender, but not involving Tarantino as the director include, Intruder, Good Will Hunting, and An Inconvenient Truth.
Several of Bender’s films, like Good Will Hunting and An Inconvenient Truth, have been nominated for Academy Awards.