DJ duo the Chainsmokers have reached a point in their music career where they’ve become inseparable from the top of the charts. But their rise to fame came with the single “Closer,” a song that featured pop star Halsey. Two years after its release, the song has moved more than 10 million units, making a diamond-certified single.
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Halsey and the Chainsmokers announced the achievement to their followers on Instagram, showing off their brand new plaques that make the milestone official. “Closer’s” status as a hit single had endured for so long that it only lost its position at the top of the Dance and Electronic chart to Zedd’s “The Middle” just a few short months ago.
“Closer” was released near the end of the summer 2016, and quickly it found its place at the very top of the Hot 100. It didn’t move for quite some time, proving the DJ duo had a staying power that they had yet to display. This extended their reach beyond fans of EDM and into the most mainstream charts. Not only was it the top all-genre single 12 times in a row, it solidified its place in history as the fourth longest running top hit in Billboard’s history, beating out the Gorillaz.
Nothing lasts forever. Not even popularity.
Eventually “Closer” was replaced by “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots, but with sales and streams continuing to rise, it was a sign that the duo was now a household name. It even managed to take Halsey, a newcomer to the music industry, and put her front in center as an emerging pop star.
“Closer” proved to be such a hit that it resulted in a couple of Grammy nominations, both for the Chainsmokers and Hasley.
The last time “Closer” was in the news was in March of 2017. After going platinum for the seventh time, evidence that the song had reached international recognition, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) made it official. While the RIAA’s website hasn’t been updated to reflect this latest development, diamond certification, where a song has gone platinum for the tenth time, they will likely do so soon.