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GRAMMY-winning EDM duo the Chainsmokers have released a new video for "Side Effects" featuring Emily Warren, portraying "Riverdale" actress Camila Mendes as a disgruntled hotel housekeeper who goes off on a dancing spree.
Miami's Shore Club South Beach hotel is the scene of the action in "Side Effects," showing the DJs hard at play in their rooms while Mendes' dancing evokes the lyric's longing — "the side effect to my loneliness is you." If the duo's desired side effect to this year's new material is us, it looks like they are on the right track.
The single was released on July 27 and has reached No. 87 on Billboard's Hot 100. Featured vocalist on "Side Effects," singer/songwriter Emily Warren is a long-time collaborator of the duo with co-writes and a featured spot on their first album.
In January and for three months thereafter, the Chainsmokers began releasing a new single per month. First was "Sick Boy," which also has its own EP of remixes now, and that went to No. 65 on the Hot 100. February saw the release "You Owe Me" followed by March's "Everybody Hates Me" which just edged into the Hot 100 at No. 100. In April "Somebody" was released, and then came the pause until "Side Effects" came out last month.
The Chainsmokers began charting long before the April 2017 release of their first full-length studio album Memories…Do Not Open. In addition to winning Best Dance recording at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for "Don't Let Me Down" featuring Daya, they were nominated for Best New Artist and for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Closer" featuring Halsey. We made an infographic to keep track of their success. At the 60th GRAMMY Awards, "Something Like This" was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Their second album is not only eagerly awaited; its singles are already charting.
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GRAMMY-winning groups the Chainsmokers and Duran Duran have been announced as headliners for the first ever edition of KAABOO Cayman Festival, set to take place Feb. 15–16, 2019, on Grand Cayman Island. The festival also announced additional acts including Zedd, Counting Crows, Blondie, Flo Rida, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Maren Morris, Bryan Adams, and Los Lobos.
“The lineup for Cayman was curated specifically with the KAABOO fan in mind,” says Jason Felts, chief brand officer of KAABOO and CEO of Virgin Produced, the entertainment arm of Richard Branson’s group of companies and producing partner of KAABOO. “Similar to our event in California, KAABOO Cayman will also include a combination of bucket list artists and today’s hitmakers. With both a local and tourist focus, KAABOO Cayman also would not have been complete without the islands sounds of Sean Paul, Shaggy, and Maxi Priest."
KAABOO Cayman will mark the festival's first edition outside of its original home in Del Mar, Calif., where it will return for its fourth annual festival Sept. 14–16 with headliners Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, and Robert Plant.
Just last month, the festival announced additional 2019 expansion plans, revealing a deal with the Dallas Cowboys organization to bring KAABOO to Texas in May 2019.
Tickets for the two-day KAABOO Cayman Festival are currently available via the festival's website.
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The Chainsmokers have become a major part of popular music in the last few years by translating emotional nostalgia into musical space. Their use of repetition and synthetic electronic sounds reinforce a message that exists in an ambient sonic world, as seen in their latest release "Everybody Hates Me."
Released Mar. 15, the anthemic new tune celebrates the kind of determination a person needs to find within themselves when they know they are being targeted and judged.
"Everybody Hates Me" follows on the heels of recent singles "Sick Boy" and "You Owe Me," which respectively tackle sentiments of maintaining a strong self-identity in the face of adversity, and coming to terms with the depression that can stem from an over-saturation of negative media.
The Chainsmokers have plenty of anti-fans who enjoy bashing the pair for their successful mix of music and emotion, which sometimes edges closer to the sentiments of pop-punk and alternative rock than pure dance music. Which begs the question: Was this anthem directed at the haters? We'd all like to be around friends and positive influences as often as possible, and sometimes you just need a good song to help you stay mentally armored until you can reach them.
For bands, there are a lot of places they could take their awards show fashion — will they coordinate outfits on a harmonious front? Will they go with colors combinations that complement one another? Or perhaps it's a case of anything goes?
On the 60th GRAMMY Awards red carpet, group fashion ran the gamut, from Migos' marching band-inspired look and Pentatonix's refined gowns and suits, to Midland's country-inspired cowboy hats and Imagine Dragons' coordinating bow-ties.
See what your favorite bands opted to wear on this year's GRAMMY red carpet.
(Lakeia Brown is a freelance writer and host of the podcast, Decoded with Elle Bee. She has been published in publications like O, The Oprah Magazine, Essence and Complex. You can follow her on IG @elle_bee_decoded.)