On April 7th, The Chainsmokers debuted their first album, Memories… Do Not Open. This long awaited album seemed to let down fans from all over the world after expectations were set high when many of their songs such as “Closer,” “Something Just Like This,” and “Don’t Let Me Down” all topped the charts. The album was given a user score of 1.5 on Metacritic which is an extremely low rating, representing overwhelming critical dislike of the release — the lowest on the year. To put it in perspective, number one rated album is Damn. by Kendrick Lamar with a score of 9.4.
The Chainsmokers also faced harsh critique after they appeared on SNL and preformed selected tracks from the album. Richard Patrick, former Nine Inch Nails guitarist, called the duo out after their execution of the performance… “OK, I know a lot of things, and I know when things are not live. You, sir, are not fuckin’ singing live on Saturday Night Live. The Chainsmokers. Are a piece. Of Shit. That is all.”
Despite all the criticism the duo has faced from professional reviews, The Chainsmokers album has landed the #1 spot on Billboard‘s 200 chart. Billboard reports that Memories…Do Not Open moved 221,000 equivalent album units in its first week, with 166,000 of those in traditional album sales. The record-buying public at-large, it seems, is completely indifferent to the critical reception. When it comes to sales, the vox populi is much more powerful than those of the music critics.