In 2012 the Chainsmokers, an American DJ and production group of two, came into existence when Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart joined forces. Adam Alpert manages them and introduced the pair when an original member working with Pall left. Though the Electronic Dance Music duo started by creating remixes of indie songs they soon started writing their own music and collaborating with other musicians. Only two years after they got their start their song #Selfie made it to top 20 playlists throughout several countries. Since their breakthrough hit in 2014 the group has continued to enjoy popularity with several more songs including Closer which was their first single to hit the top of the charts.
The Chainsmokers didn’t perform live until 2014 when they opened for Timeflies but have perfected their live performance touring worldwide. Most recently, the Chainsmokers have enjoyed a long running streak at the top of the charts with their album “Memories…Do Not Open.” This album was released a year ago and reaching record lengths at the top for Dance/Electronic music. So far “Memories…Do Not Open” is matching Gorilla’s “Demon Days” for the third most consecutive weeks at the top of the list for an album in the Dance and Electronic genres.
Even with intense competition from up and coming and established musicians in the same EDM genre like Kygo, Calvin Harris, and Avicii this duo keeps releasing successful hits and making it back up the charts again. Their versatile music has earned them top spots in Top 40 as well as Dance/Electronic lists. Their music has been described as an eclectic mixture of pop music, indie, hip-hop and dance. While both musicians in the duo have DJ experience Pall is the main DJ in the group. Taggart is the writer, vocalist and producer. Their unique material has been successful and it doesn’t look like they are going anywhere soon.
Desiree Perez has proven herself to be a very interesting person when it comes to making power moves in the music industry. She really has set the stage for the way that people look at business women in music. She has been working with Jay-Z extensively behind the scenes to create a plethora of different changes when it comes to music streaming, artist development and business deals for celebrity entertainers.
Desiree Perez has really been able to take alot in stride as she pushes forward to connect with a whole new wave of millennials that are riding the music streaming wave. Jay-Z decided that he needed to get into this business because he knew that the concept of the compact disc was over. Digital streaming has become the way of the world, and Desiree Perez has helped him focus on his goal. He has been able to really make a big difference when it comes to the way that people are acquiring exclusive music.
The fact that he has put so much time into giving people access to exclusive content has allowed the Tidal music streaming service to grow. Desiree Perez has been there right along the way with him, and she has made it possible for this company to excel. Billboard has recognized her efforts in the music streaming world and business in general. She has over the Jay-Z Empire, and she has continued to show herself to be worthy of these roles that she has taken on. She has never failed to come through when it comes to negotiating contracts, and that has become her strength for the circle of influence that Jay-Z has in his business life. Perez is the one that is entrusted with his Roc Nation company that was started with Dame Dash years ago.
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Mr. Dong Levitt is an eccentric writer by choice. Motivated by his idea to explore the characters in the America Society often overlooked by the traditional media, he started the Greyhound Dairies project. The project consists of his bus travel experience, pictures, videos, and recorded interviews that took him 13 years to complete having traveled 120,000 miles across America on a Greyhound bus. “On the bus, you’re surrounded by poverty, addiction, and mental illness,” he says. “And my own mental health has been wrapped up in this journey too. Through strangers, I’ve been trying to resolve it” said Dong. At 16, his father committed suicide and his contact with strangers helped him to overcome his trauma. He worked for the John Kerry presidential campaign and rode in buses across the country to register undecided voters. As former CNN war correspondent and traveled to Bosnia, Iran, and Rwanda, he saw the ravages of war; dead people, human suffering, and destruction of property. You can also follow him on twitter: https://twitter.com/douglevitt
Dong Levitt has shared his experiences with the Greyhound Dairies in interviews on the print and media. He was featured as a guest on Channel 4 news in March 2017. He said his bus travels enabled him to gain the insights about the problems of the American society. He met a veteran who could not forgive himself for the death of his colleague in Afghanistan, a grandmother who talked about her recovered new life as a counselor from depression and crack cocaine addiction or a former marine having panic attacks.
Asked why he left CNN to ride in Greyhound bus, Dong explained that even though he came to terms with his father suicide he needed to be on the road and write songs and stories about people and their struggles to get by.Dong Levitt was one of those who predicted that Mr. Donald Trump would win the 2016 elections. He said that during his travels by bus “he saw a disconnect between people on the right with their politicians and an ignorance on the left to see what people really felt like in key swing states.”