What’s in a Hit Song?
What is the first thing that comes to mind when we hear a new hit song? Maybe there are some of us who know the elements of music well enough to understand the basics; on the other hand, we are still left in the dark regarding the creative methods the individual artist uses to craft their hits.
“Somebody” Single Released
The Chainsmokers just released another single on April 20th, “Somebody.” The single drew lots of attention coming on the heels of another released (January 17, 2018) single off their Disruptor Records label, “Sick Boy.” Both “Sick Boy” and “Somebody” was released with videos. According to Taggart and Pall, the process of the two songs was produced with a different message in mind.
Two Songs Linked
In one tweet explaining the meaning os “Somebody” as “talks about the struggle and importance of staying true to yourself while everyone else around you is focused on surrounding themselves with material objects.” On the other hand, the previous single, released 90 days earlier, the message for “Sick Boy” was “a song about self-identity in today’s world and standing tall in the face of what you can and can’t control.” The spectrum is broad and deep, ranging from self-identity versus materialism to maintaining belief in oneself while displaying pride, confidence, and fortitude.
“Somebody” “instructional video” Released
Drew Taggart and Adam Pall released a shorter “in-house” studio video for “Somebody,” which was meant to be an instructive video. Taggart turns to Pall, while pulling from a smartphone recording of the original “Somebody” melody, that it was originally a few semitones lower than the final version. Taggart immediately plays the melody transposed with the other instrumentation.
The Chainsmokers (2012)
The EDM-Pop duo have been turning out Billboard hits like “Closer,” “Don’t Let me Down,” and now “Somebody,” which reached #5 on the Billboard “Bubbling under Hot 100 Singles.” Taggart and Pall promised their fans another video explaining in more detail some exciting footage about the “Official” video. In a few hours a video was uploaded which was the work of a long time collaborator of the Chainsmokers, Rory Kramer. The Kramer Vision Video was released on June 9th, as promised by Taggart and Pall earlier to their fans.