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Oct102017

"Something Just Like" a #1: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay dethrone Ed Sheeran after 24 weeks 

Disruptor/ColumbiaThe Chainsmokers and Coldplay make a pretty unbeatable team.  The Grammy-winning duo has just topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart with "Something Just Like This," their collaboration with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.  In doing so, they've managed to dethrone Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You," which has spent a whopping 24 weeks at #1.

The collaboration between the two acts was extremely unexpected, as The Chainsmokers' Drew Taggart tells ABC Radio.

"We heard from our manager who, I guess, was in touch with Coldplay's manager, that they listened to our songs before they went onstage," says Drew. "So we reached out and said, 'Hey would you ever wanna do something together?' and they called us one day and said, 'Hey, what are you doing tomorrow afternoon? Chris wants to get in the studio.'"

The three musicians did indeed get together in the studio and, as Drew explains, Chris Martin came up with the song in an unusual way.

"We played through a buncha stuff we had sitting on our computer...and eventually came up with the riff that is 'Something Just Like This.' And Chris was like, 'This is it!' [He] plugs a mic into the PA and dances around the studio for, like, two hours, mumbling and...the song just came out."

If that sounds simplistic, The Chainsmokers say Chris believes songs come to him from a higher place.

"Chris says that songs are sent down and he has to be ready to receive them," says Drew.  His band mate Alex Pall laughs, "Thank God we were there for that!" 

This is Coldplay's second #1 on the chart: the first was "Viva La Vida" in 2009.  It's The Chainsmokers' first #1 on this particular chart: they previously reached #8 with their hit, "Closer."

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