The Chainsmokers just received some terrific news. “Closer”, their huge breakaway hit from 2016 has nabbed an impressive accolade, diamond certification from the RIAA. Diamond certified, or ten times platinum, is awarded to albums and singles that sell ten million plus copies. “Closer” which was a hit right out of the gate has spent two years accumulating sales to earn this. It is a very impressive accomplishment and a testament to the lingering effect of the Chainsmokers’ music. The duo of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart were awarded huge plaques along with singer Halsey, who collaborated on the single with the group. They broke the news to their fans via Instagram in some photos that have since garnered multiple views.
watch this video and turn the subtitles on.. and be prepared… just a reminder to spend more time with your loved ones because at the end of the day life is short https://t.co/9UD5cTLzHl
— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) December 17, 2018
The Chainsmokers officially began back in 2012. Although Alex Pall initially started the group some time earlier, it did not become the legit Chainsmokers until he was joined by Taggart. The two ran the gauntlet for two years before breaking through with their first hit “#Selfie”. They enjoyed marginal success thereafter, establishing themselves as strong EDM DJ’s. It was not until the release of “Closer” that the duet finally became considered as artists. The song featured both their songwriting and Taggart’s lead vocals, effectively making a jump from straight EDM to pop music.
“Closer” follows the story of a surprise hook up between exes after an accidental reunion. It has identifiable themes within it like; alcoholism, lost love, class definitions, and living in the moment. The song is most known for its catchy lyrics and solid beat. It is a fun song to listen to and the words can get firmly stuck in your head. Halsey’s vocals are spot on and leave no doubt as to why the single made her career.
The Chainsmokers have been preparing for their second studio release this year. 2018 has given fans a plethora of successful singles. The continuing success of their prior work has also been a huge factor. Their first studio album nabbed third longest-running non-consecutive No.1 for Billboard. Now with “Closer” gaining diamond certification the duo has a full body of work to be appreciated.