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With New Track ‘Sickboy’, The Chainsmokers Show A Healthy Attitude Towards Social Media

As reported in everywhere from Forbes to L.A. News Watch, The Chainsmokers have dropped a new single on us, the track ‘Sick Boy’. Having already broken the song worldwide as of this writing (it premiered on January 17th), The Chainsmokers continue their hot streak which began back in 2014 with ‘#Selfie’.  With ‘Sickboy’, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart take a turn from their patented symbiosis of Top 40 and EDM to deliver a darker view than we have come to expect from them. It turns out that the highest-paid DJs of 2017 have a lot to ponder these days about what comes with their enviable position. Taggart sings lines like “Make no mistake, I live in a prison / That I build myself, it is my religion” and “Feed yourself with my life’s work / How many likes is my life worth?”, making it clear that things are no longer all coming up ‘Roses’ in Chainsmoker-Land.

Credit for the track is due to not only Pall and Taggart, but also their keyboardist Tony Ann. The songwriting fingerprints of powerhouse Emily Warren are on the tune as well. As you may recall, her relationship with the guys dates all the way back to their track with Tritonal, ‘Until You Were Gone’, back in 2015. Quadruple-threat producer, songwriter, DJ, and singer Shaun Frank takes a hand in stirring up the pot as well.

Thankfully, this change in direction doesn’t seem to have alienated many (if any) of their worldwide fans. The song has taken top radio positions all over the United States, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and more.   According to the interview in Forbes, it appears we can expect even more topical tracks and sonic boundary-pushing from Pall and Taggart. Perhaps emboldened by the Grammy nomination for ‘1-800-273-8255’ for Song Of The Year (Drew was one of the songwriters of Logic’s smash about suicide prevention), it is clear that The Chainsmokers aren’t just going to rest on their laurels and keep pushing out what worked for them early in their career.

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Chainsmokers Take A Darker Turn With New Single

The Chainsmokers (Alex Pall and Drew Taggart) have always been known for a distinctive style that is equal parts pop and equal parts electronic dance music. For a band that has only been on the national scene for about two years, they have quickly distinguished themselves as industry favorites and carved out a niche all their own.

The Chainsmokers have always had a habit of putting out a song about once a month. They say they like to do that in order to keep the themes of their music as current as possible. However, the interim before “Sick Boy” was a lot longer. Before releasing this song, they had not put out any music for about nine months. The explanation for this, as given by the duo themselves, is that they wanted this song to be the beginning of a “new chapter. They said that they had grown a lot, as artists and as people, and that they wanted to reinvent their music in order to reflect that.

As such, this new single moves in a significantly darker direction. It is a very plain and direct statement about what the internet has become. A lot of the lyrics imply a sense of isolation and narcissism all rolled into one. It is not simply another whining critique of society’s ills. Rather, it seems to honestly accept the nature of fame in the internet age, and all the scrutiny that goes with it. In a world where every celebrity both past and present is in competition for the collective attentions of the internet, and where the average person has just as much of a voice as these celebrities, narcissism and isolation can often lead people to say and do things that destroy their careers and credibility forever. Internet fame can often turn into infamy.

When asked about the motivation for this new single, Taggart says that the song was really meant to express anger and frustration about the state of the world and the nature of social media. While this represents a shift from their earlier work, Pall and Taggart say that their fans have mostly responded well to the new sound.

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Roc Nation’s Prize Negotiator at it Again!

Desiree Perez has an earned reputation as a smart, precise, master of negotiation. As one of Jay Z’s biggest business advisors, Perez has been the hand behind some of Roc Nation, and Sean Carter’s biggest successes. No stranger to intense negotiations rigorous contract dealings, Perez has been a major force behind such successful campaigns as Rihanna’s Samsung sponsored ‘Anti’ tour, and Roc Nation’s 2008 deal with Live Nation. The latter deal, which is coming to end next year, is currently seeing renegotiation with several different companies, with Desiree Perez spearheading efforts. The enormous 360 deal, which allowed Live Nation access to Roc revenue from recordings and live shows, could go on unhindered or may take on a new, more profitable, configuration.

When Perez and Carter met with Universal Music Group CEO, speculation rose that the music giant may purchase some stake in Roc Nation. Sources from within UMG have since denied that talks are going on within the company regarding Roc Nation, though did say the company has a very lucrative relationship with Jay-Z and would be open to further business. Sources at Live Nation have said the company will more than likely end the recording rights aspect of their partnership with Roc, while retaining profitable concert holdings provided by the company’s roster of popular artists. This could leave options open to companies like Universal to gain a share of Roc Nation.

Though all parties are remaining tight lipped on any future dealings, Perez’s experience and know how will undoubtedly lead Roc Nation through the renegotiates with earnings and higher potential. More than likely, the 360 deal will take on new dimensions through other investors in the recording aspect, as the business woman has proven she is more than capable of brokering time and again. Roc Nation’s stock future may not be known at this time, but if Carter continues to rely on his secret weapon, Desiree Perez, the company will likely rise stronger than ever. and Follow him Twitter.com