Closer’ nabs a Diamond for The Chainsmokers

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.

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.

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How Alex Pall and Drew Taggart Evolved as the Chainsmokers

When the Chainsmokers collaborated with breakout synth-pop artist Halsey for their track ‘Closer’, it not only helped put the songstress on the map, it became a chart-topping hit. The Chainsmokers are a New York City-based group that officially formed after a former member departed the group back in 2012. The Chainsmokers’ current members are DJ Alex Pall and producer Andrew “Drew” Taggart. The DJ duo were not afraid to mix it up with their sounds and liked to incorporate different genres such as pop, synth, EDM, hip hop, indie and many others. In a sit down interview with Mathias Rosenzweig, an online editor and writer, the Chainsmokers shared how they came together, gave details of their track ‘Closer’ and revealed how they plan to evolve as a now mainstream group.

While Drew Taggart was still in college, the self-producer started becoming more and more interested in the DJing scene before he met Alex Pall. Alex was already DJing at various clubs across New York City and had a manager, who still manages their group to this day. Alex was looking for a replacement after a former member broke news that he had to leave. A source that worked for Pall’s manager came up to Taggart while he was interning at Interscope and told him about the Chainsmokers and that they were in need of a member. Taggart took a bus from Maine down to NYC and was finally introduced to Pall. They immediately started experimenting on tracks together in Pall’s apartment and the pairing worked perfectly well.

The Chainsmokers shared that Halsey was their number one on a list of artist that they are dying to work with. They feel that her voice was powerful and she’s is just simply unique and has a cool air about her. Their single Closerwas written while on tour and it was the first time Taggart had lent his own singing voice on a track. The duo’s audience has grown over the years and they now focus on creating fresh shows and visual content while performing live, proudly providing their fans with a new experience each time.

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