2018 has proven to be a prolific year for the signature EDM-pop band known as the Chainsmokers. This duo includes Drew Taggart who is just 28 years old, and Alex Pall who is 32. The group formed in New York City and quickly became noticed after releasing their 2014 club hit, “#Selfie”. Two years later the Chainsmokers released, “Don’t Let Me Down” featuring Daya, as well as, “Closer” featuring Halsey. These EDM and future-bass pop hits gained them even more recognition across the globe, adding to their prominent success.
Last year’s album titled, “Memories…Do Not Open” ended up topping both national and international charts while reaching platinum status. The success from this album rolled over into 2018, making it a definite contributor to their #2 spot on Forbes‘, “The World’s Highest-Paid DJs Of 2018” list. The Chainsmokers were only preceded by Calvin Harris, and surpassed even Tiësto and David Guetta. The combined funds accumulated from their annual touring and music production equaled a grand total of $45.5 million in just 2018 alone. That’s just $2.5 million under their predecessor, Calvin Harris. With such a high amount of success in an active three-year time span, it is speculative as to whether they will stay at number two, or top the charts in 2019.
The Chainsmokers have introduced the world of EDM and trap music to mainstream listeners across the world with their upbeat yet meaningful tracks, and they continue to deliver with each hit that they release. If Taggart and Pall continue on this avenue of success, there’s no telling what 2019 could bring in terms of their wealth and prominence as a DJ and production force. If 2018 is any indication, their place on Forbes’, “The World’s Highest-Paid DJs“ will either remain secure or move to the number one spot.
Skylight Clarkson Square hosted the Academy of Art University‘s 21st runway fashion showcase on September 9, 2017. Ten of the Art University’s BFA and MFA graduates debuted some men’s and women’s fashion collections. The newly talented and very promising designers come from places that span from mainline China all the way to the cost of Maine in the United States to present their fashions in New York city . Some of the judges included Ms. J Alexander from America’s Top Model , and Sara Kozlowski, who’s the current director of Education and professional Development at CFDA. All the students at the Academy of Art University have taken many classes and internships lasting many hours in order to be ready for 15 minutes on the runway.
The Academy of Art University made its home in San Francisco, California since 1929, originally known as the Academy of Advertising Art. The school was founded by Richard S. Stephens, who was a painter and magazine editor of Sunset Magazine. Mr. Stephens was the head of the school until 1951 when he handed the position over to his son. Students can come in person or ,since 2002, have been able to have art classes online. The Academy of Art University holds more than 70 alumni and gallery exhibitions per year in the San Francisco area.
In 1992, Elisa Stephens took over as president of the Academy of Art University where student enrollment has grown from 2,000 students to 18,000 in a matter of 20 years. Twice a year, since 2005, Dr. Stephens had gotten the students of design involved in New York’s fashion week events. Among the famous alumni, are former television actress Raven Symone, Lauren Conrad, and Heidi Montag (https://www.linkedin.com/edu/academy-of-art-university-19943).
Elisa Stephens is dedicated to having her teachers educate students with the latest technology and industrial trends. Many of the Academy of Art University graduates are finding jobs as designers for Apple, Google, Nordstrom,EA, Nike, Pixar, Zynga and others. In addition to clothing design and technology, the students are also majors in acting, animation, television, photography , and the music industry. Dr. Stephens the university’s future.
For many years Elvis was one of the most talked about impersonators when it can to impersonating deceased entertainers. He had the flashy costumes, and he managed to provide a lot of fans with a lot of entertaining dance moves and gestures. In this era the younger generation is slipping away from the memories of Elvis, but there is another entertainer that appears to stand out. This new deceased entertainer that has a growing number of fans is Michael Jackson. Sergio Cortes is keeping the memory of Jackson alive through the great tribute shows that he presents.
This type of impersonator is someone that stands out because he moves beyond the local crowd. Sergio is thinking bigger than Las Vegas.
He is going on tour. This is going to expose a young crowd of music lovers around the world to the act that MJ put on for concerts. That is what Cortes does. He has a stage presence that is complete with costumes and a live band.
Sergio Cortes is another link in the MJ machine that plays a part in the sale of Michael Jackson music. Jackson has been deceased for several years, and he is earning more in sales than Elvis. At one time Elvis was the top grossing deceased artist, but Michael is surpassing him and Sergio Cortes and other impersonators play a part in this. When Michael was in his prime he had a lot of elaborate shows. This was over 3 decades ago. The young generation that is buying records now may have no idea who Jackson is. It takes impersonators like Sergio to keep the torch burning.
There are also rappers that sample MJ music. Kanye West has continually sampled Michael Jackson tracks. Some people sing his songs on stage while they perform. Michael’s sister Janet also released a CD recently. All of these things – along with the MJ tribute shows by Sergio Cortes – can make it much easier for fans to remember Michael Jackson. Sergio has certainly made the best of his time on stage. He is someone that has entertained well enough to get paid for his performances. Sergio makes a living do what he is doing and MJ fans want him to continue.
Cortes has a lot of music to work with. The Michael Jackson catalog is lengthy. This helps him keep the MJ tribute shows fresh and exciting.