Memories...Do Not Open

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Memories...Do Not Open
Memories...Do Not Open.jpg
Studio album by the Chainsmokers
Released April 7, 2017
Genre Pop[1][2]
Length 43:19
Label
Producer
the Chainsmokers chronology
Collage
(2016)Collage2016
Memories...Do Not Open
(2017)
Sick Boy
(2018)Sick Boy2018
Singles from Memories...Do Not Open
  1. "Paris"
    Released: January 13, 2017
  2. "Something Just like This"
    Released: February 22, 2017
  3. "Honest"
    Released: July 11, 2017
The Chainsmokers performing at the American Airlines Arena for their "Memories...Do Not Open" tour

Memories...Do Not Open is the debut studio album by American electronic music duo the Chainsmokers,[3][4] released on April 7, 2017, by Disruptor Records and Columbia Records.[5][6][7] Its release was preceded by the singles "Paris" and "Something Just like This" (in collaboration with Coldplay), both of which reached the top 10 in several national charts. Upon its release, the album received generally mixed reviews from music critics. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 221,000 album-equivalent units, of which 166,000 were pure album sales.

Background[edit]

Chris Martin of Coldplay had first tweeted about the album, prompting the Chainsmokers to confirm it.[8] It was revealed during an on-screen Grammy red carpet interview with the duo that their album title was to be named Memories...Do Not Open and it would be released on April 7, just before they embark on the tour of the same name. As seen in the interview,[9] Taggart was hesitant after revealing the release date of the album, before asking Pall if he should say it.[5][10] Taggart said "We're ready. We've got a full album; it's going to be amazing. It's coming out April 7, was I supposed to say that?" before Pall responded "No, but it's alright".[11]

Singles[edit]

The lead single,[12] "Paris", was released on January 13, 2017. The lead single peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.[13] The song went on to receive multiple certifications.

The second single, "Something Just like This", which is a collaboration with British alternative rock band Coldplay, was released on February 22, 2017, along with the pre-order of the album. The single peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. During the week of March 18, 2017, "Something Just Like This", "Paris", along with "Closer", were simultaneously within the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, making the Chainsmokers the third group to have three simultaneous top 10 hits.[14]

The third single, "Honest", was sent to top 40 radio on July 11, 2017.[15] The single peaked at number 77 on the Billboard Hot 100.[13]

Promotional singles[edit]

A promotional single, titled "The One", was released on March 27, 2017, and reached number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100.[13]

Another promotional single, a remixed version of "Young", was released on September 29, 2017.[16]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic43/100[17]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[18]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[19]
The Guardian2/5 stars[20]
The New York Timesunfavorable[2]
The Observer2/5 stars[20]
Pitchfork4.2/10[1]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[21]
Slant Magazine2.5/5 stars[22]
Spinunfavorable[23]
USA Todayunfavorable[24]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 43, based on eight reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[17] Damien Morris of The Guardian gave a two-out-of-five star review, noting the group's music as, "instantly memorable yet completely forgettable", comparing the album to US President Donald Trump, "shallow, always betraying its influences, with a third-grade vocabulary and ambition that runs no further than emptying the nearest wallet."[20] In Entertainment Weekly, Barry Walters highlighted the duo's commercial success, describing their style as, "smoothed-out, mid-tempo, nearly easy-listening formula", but opined it sounds, "as if you're playing the radio instead of one solitary album". He considered "Break Up Every Night" as the only dance cut, while "the other cuts are basically ballads with beats — modernized Moby without the soul-searching or gospel samples."[19]

Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine gave the album two stars out of five, criticizing Taggart's lack of personality and vocal ability. Additionally, Cinquemani stated, "the downside to the wild success of that approach is that Taggart and Pall have been forced to discover their creative voices in front of the whole world. And unfortunately, the sound they've settled on is parked firmly in the middle of the road."[22] On AllMusic, Neil Young also gave a two-out-of-five star review, calling Memories...Do Not Open a, "calculated dose of millennial escapism that peddles the same sounds as their far more engaging EP work."[18] Maeve McDermott of USA Today questioned, "is this the worst album of 2017?", calling Taggart's vocals "hilariously bad".[24] Philip Sherburne of Pitchfork claimed that, "The debut album from the celebrity production duo is a somber departure from their EDM days—a lifeless, anodyne pop record that wallows in basic feelings of regret and narcissism."[1] Along with comparing the album to 2014 single "#SELFIE", Sherburne wrote, "None of it sounds anything like '#SELFIE,' but its worldview is barely any bigger than that song's narrow perspective".[1]

On Metacritic, Memories...Do Not Open stands as the lowest ranked album of 2017.[25]

Commercial performance[edit]

Memories...Do Not Open debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 221,000 album-equivalent units, of which 166,000 were pure album sales.[26] As of August 25, 2017, the album has moved 1,000,000 album-equivalent units in the United States.[27]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[28]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."The One"2:57
2."Break Up Every Night"
3:27
3."Bloodstream"
  • The Chainsmokers
  • KIN
  • Mac & Phil
  • DJ Swivel
3:44
4."Don't Say" (featuring Emily Warren)
  • Taggart
  • Warren
  • Imad Royal
  • Joni Fatora
  • Brenton Duvall
  • The Chainsmokers
  • DJ Swivel
3:48
5."Something Just Like This" (with Coldplay)
  • The Chainsmokers
  • DJ Swivel[29]
4:07
6."My Type" (featuring Emily Warren)
  • The Chainsmokers
  • DJ Swivel
3:37
7."It Won't Kill Ya" (featuring Louane)
  • The Chainsmokers
  • DJ Swivel
3:37
8."Paris"
  • Taggart
  • Kristoffer Eriksson
  • Fredrik Häggstam
  • Charlee Nyman
  • The Chainsmokers
  • DJ Swivel
3:41
9."Honest"
  • The Chainsmokers
  • DJ Swivel
3:28
10."Wake Up Alone" (featuring Jhené Aiko)
  • Taggart
  • Harris
  • Warren
  • The Chainsmokers
  • DJ Swivel
3:35
11."Young"
  • The Chainsmokers
  • DJ Swivel
3:44
12."Last Day Alive" (featuring Florida Georgia Line)
  • The Chainsmokers
  • DJ Swivel
  • Joey Moi
3:34
Total length:43:19

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from Memories...Do Not Open CD liner notes.

The Chainsmokers

Additional musicians

  • Emily Warren – vocals, background vocals ("The One", "Don't Say", "My Type" and "Paris")
  • Sean Scanlon – additional vocals ("Break Up Every Night")
  • Jordan Young – background and additional vocals ("Break Up Every Night" and "Paris")
  • Phoebe Ryan – background vocals ("Bloodstream")
  • Kane Parfitt – piano and keyboards ("Bloodstream")
  • Philip Plested – guitar ("Bloodstream")
  • Matthew Holmes – sampling and programming ("Bloodstream")
  • Philip Leigh – sampling and programming ("Bloodstream")
  • Chris Martin – vocals, piano ("Something Just Like This")
  • Guy Berryman – bass guitar ("Something Just Like This")
  • Jonny Buckland – lead guitar ("Something Just Like This")
  • Will Champion – drums, backing vocals, programming ("Something Just Like This")
  • Louane – vocals ("It Won't Kill Ya")
  • Harry Roberts – background vocals ("Paris")
  • Jhené Aiko – vocals ("Wake Up Alone")
  • Jeremy Most – guitars ("Young")
  • Jonathan Perkins – string arrangement ("Young")
  • Brian Kelley – vocals ("Last Day Alive")
  • Tyler Hubbard – vocals ("Last Day Alive")

Design and managerial

  • James Zwaldo – photography, creative direction
  • Olivia Smith – package design
  • Adam Alpert – management

Production

  • The Chainsmokers – producers
  • Adam Alpert – executive producer
  • Alex Pall – executive producer
  • Captain Cuts – co-production ("Break Up Every Night")
  • KIN – co-production ("Bloodstream")
  • Mac & Phil – co-production ("Bloodstream")
  • Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young – additional production ("Young", "Bloodstream", "It Won't Kill Ya" and "Honest"), vocal production, mixing, recording (all tracks excluding "Something Just Like This", "My Type", "Last Day Alive")
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering
  • Emily Lazar – mastering ("Something Just Like This")
  • Chris Allgood – mastering assistant ("Something Just Like This")
  • Nicole "Coco" Llorens – recording assistant ("The One", "It Won't Kill Ya", "Honest")
  • Martin Gray – recording assistant ("Break Up Every Night" and "Young")
  • Desi Aguilar – recording assistant ("Bloodstream")
  • Rik Simpson – recording (band tracks) ("Something Just Like This")
  • Owen Butcher – recording assistant (band tracks) ("Something Just Like This")
  • Daniel Green – recording (additional band tracks) ("Something Just Like This")
  • Tony Smith – recording assistant (additional band tracks) ("Something Just Like This")
  • Bill Rahko – recording (vocals and piano) ("Something Just Like This")
  • Aleks Von Korff – recording assistant (vocals and piano) ("Something Just Like This")
  • Adam Catania – recording ("My Type")
  • Matthew Holmes – recording ("My Type")
  • Philip Leigh – recording ("My Type")
  • Emily Warren – recording ("My Type")
  • Alex Pall – recording ("Paris")
  • Brian Warfield – recording ("Wake Up Alone")
  • Joey Moi – vocal production ("Last Day Alive")
  • Eivind Nordland – vocal editing ("Last Day Alive")

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[71] Gold 35,000^
France (SNEP)[72] Gold 50,000*
Italy (FIMI)[73] Gold 25,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[74] Gold 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[75] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[27] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

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