iHeartRadio Jingle Ball: 10 Things To Know About The Chainsmokers


The Chainsmokers – Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart – are headlining this year’s iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball, which takes place Dec. 2 at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.

The duo will no doubt bring out all their hits, including “Closer,” “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Roses.”

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To warm you up for The Chainsmokers’ iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball performance, here are 10 things to know about them!

- Pall formed The Chainsmokers with his friend Rhett Bixler in 2012 and the pair DJ’ed shows in New York City while Pall worked as an art gallery receptionist. When Bixler quit, Pall bought the rights to The Chainsmokers brand. He was introduced to Taggart by Adam Alpert, who is now their manager. “We just wanted to be part of the scene so badly,” Pall told NME last year. “I said, ‘Look, I’ll quit my job tomorrow and we’ll get together every day and work on music.’”

- The duo’s name has no deep meaning. Pall told ABC News in 2016: “I enjoyed smoking weed, and … the domain’s open.”

- The first single from The Chainsmokers, 2012’s “Erase,” featured vocals by Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, who is now engaged to pop star Nick Jonas.

- Taggart and Pall have dismissed their 2013 track “Selfie” as “our stupid novelty song” and “annoying-ass record.” Pall said it was recorded as “a joke” for their friends.

- The Chainsmokers have won eight iHeartRadio Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, one Grammy.

- The duo’s debut album, 2017’s Memories…Do Not Open, went to No. 1 in Canada.

- Pall, whose father was an art dealer, studied art history and business at New York University. Taggart studied the music business at Syracuse University.

- The Chainsmokers single “Closer,” featuring Halsey, spent 12 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2016, beating Drake’s “One Dance” by three weeks. The song’s lyric video has racked up more than 2 billion views.

- In 2017, Drew Taggart was included on Forbes’ list of “30 Under 30,” which recognizes “entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers.” On Instagram, he wrote: "It means a lot to me to be recognized among so many other talented artists and innovators that I admire.”

- The Chainsmokers website once claimed the guys were “17.34 combined inches,” which Pall told Billboard referred to “our penises combined… tip to tip.” (Hmmm… we’re going to need to fact-check that one.)