"I feel bad because 2016 is just getting ragged on by everyone: 'This is the worst year!' But it was kind of good for us," The Chainsmokers' Alex Pall, accompanied by his partner Drew Taggart, told On Air with Ryan Seacrest as he reflected on their past year.
Pall is citing the global success of their inescapable, world-conquering single "Closer" featuring Halsey, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and held the position for 12 weeks. The track is lifted from their Collage EP -- released last November -- that is also powered by their hits "Don't Let Me Down" featuring Daya, and "All We Know" featuring Phoebe Ryan.
Because the EDM maestros never take breaks, they're paving the way for another memorable year with their new single "Paris," a moody mid-tempo track with Taggart on vocals once again.
"The story isn't actually about Paris the city. It's about my friend," Taggart said of the track, which he also revealed was penned in Sweden after a few sips of tequila. "The story is basically about two people that the rest of world doesn't believe in what they're doing, but they're kind of in it together. It's more of like, the rest of the world is kind of like, 'You guys are not doing what we're hoping you would do with your life.'"
The message of their latest cut resonates with Pall, who grew up under scrutiny for pursuing a profession in a saturated industry: "Growing up as a DJ, no one is like, 'Ok, good profession!'"
Now, Pall and Taggart can face those who doubted them with their impressive resume of chart-toppers and accolades. This year, The Chainsmokers topped the list of nominees for the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards with 11 nominations, which is one nod short of Drake's 12.
The iHeart Awards, which celebrates music heard across iHeartMedia radio stations over the past year, will air live from the Forum in Inglewood, California on March 5 at 8 p.m. EST on TBS, TNT, and truTV.
"I thought it was a typo when we got the text," Pall recalled. "I was like, 'One? That's sick! What did we get nominated for?' They were like, 'No, 11!' ... We're so grateful."
Before the iHeart Awards, the duo will be spending a lot of time in Las Vegas after inking an exclusive three-year deal with Wynn Nightlife, which guarantees its properties XS and Encore Beach Club to The Chainsmokers where they will perform until 2019. And apart from spinning in Sin City, The Chainsmokers are gearing up to launch a "huge" tour this spring.
"It's like a completely different look," Taggart said of the tour. "We're challenging ourselves to step outside of the box of what we're accustomed to doing and what people are seeing. It's going to be awesome, we're pumped. We have a ton of music coming! This is only the tip of the iceberg."
Fans can hold themselves over by downloading their latest release "Paris" here.