The Chainsmokers’ Steady Climb to the Top

The Chainsmokers, a dynamic EDM duo best known for their chart-topping singles like Don’t Let Me Down and Closer featuring Halsey, was formed in late 2012 and have smashed out hit after hit in the past couple of years. After dropping their debut single #selfie for free back in 2013, Dim Mak Records picked up the song and re-released it a year later, streaming it to Republic Records. The single eventually charted internationally and their style became instantly recognizable. Since then, The Chainmokers’ popularity has been on the rise.

The duo has released multiple singles and has not stopped topping charts with their foolproof formula of catchy, well thought out beats, and famous features. Their most popular releases came one after the other like a seemingly never-ending streak, and have all held spots on top 40 charts. Singles like Something Just Like This featuring Coldplay and Roses featuring Rozes steadily climbed the charts and stayed at the top for weeks after their releases.

Their debut album Memories… Do Not Open is their first full-length title, and is still topping charts a year after its release. Even though the title didn’t stick around too long for the more inclusive Billboard’s 200, it currently holds a No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums, making them the third longest running No 1 album on the chart. Memories… Do Not Open is now tied with Gorillaz’s Demon Days for the third-most weeks on the no. 1 position in the chart’s history.

Recently, The Chainsmokers have slowed down on the release of new music, leaving room for other popular artists in the EDM community to step in. Artists like Kygo, and Calvin Harris have debuted at No. 1 with the release of their new material, and Swedish star Avicii has been climbing charts after news of his tragic death a couple of months ago. It seems like the only time the duo is not charting, is when they have not released new music. While it is clear that many talented artists are fighting for those No. 1 spots, every time The Chainsmokers release a single, it never fails to climb to the top.

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Crystal Hunt’s Path to Fame

Crystal Hunt’s first foray into acting was competing in beauty pageants when she was a toddler. As a child, Hunt appeared in various commercials, including a high-profile spot for The Walt Disney Company and an anti-drug announcement featuring the band *NSYNC.

Hunt really broke out in 2003 when, at age 17, she was cast on the famed soap opera “Guiding Light.” This long-running CBS staple was the perfect launching pad for Crystal’s career, as the angst-ridden teen character she played, Lizzie Spaulding, gave her the chance to fully showcase her range and talent.

In 2005, while still acting on “Guiding Light,” Hunt made the leap to the big screen by appearing opposite Zac Efron in the family-friendly film “The Derby Stallion.” In 2007, after she had left “Guiding Light,” Hunt co-starred with Amanda Bynes in the teen comedy “Sydney White.”

After these film appearances, Crystal returned to television in 2009 as the originator of the character Stacy Morasco on the ABC series “One Life to Live.” Although Hunt only portrayed this character steadily until early 2010, she reprised the role for the series finale in 2012.

Hunt’s next notable role was in the 2013 film “NYC Underground,” in which she appeared alongside actress and real-life best friend Dania Ramirez. The two would go on to produce a horror film together in 2014 entitled “Talbot County,” which was inspired by a true story.

Also in 2014, Hunt appeared in Dylan Baker’s directorial debut, “23 Blast,” another film inspired by a true story, this one about a high school football player who suddenly went completely blind. The next year, Hunt appeared in “Magic Mike XXL,” the much-anticipated 2015 sequel to the 2012 original, “Magic Mike.”

Crystal’s most recent work has been on the scripted POP reality series “Queens of Drama,” which follows former soap stars as they strive to create an original soap opera.