The Chainsmokers have a lot to celebrate this year. So far 2018 has been a mish mash of both old and new triumphs for the DJ duo out of New York. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have worked themselves hard with a slew of new singles. Despite the success of these new songs, it’s the older fare most people cannot stop talking about. Specifically, the landmark success of 2016. This was the year of their first album and their huge hit “Closer”. “Closer” which featured then up-and-comer Halsey went further than anyone ever thought. An instant hit it went on to top the charts, solidifying the Chainsmokers as legitimate artists, and making the career of Halsey as well. Two years later the song is still going, and it has traveled all the way to diamond certification.
Diamond platinum certification is reserved for singles and albums that sell over ten million copies. As each platinum plated record symbolizes a million units sold, ten million equal ten times platinum. The RIAA likes to refer to this as diamond certified and it is a feather many artists want in their cap. It is a tremendous accomplishment for all three artists and a true testament for what may be their biggest hit of all time. “Closer” is perfect mix of personal insight, catchy lyrics, tight sound, and great vocals. The song features Taggart on lead vocals, and is the seminal single that fully established the Chainsmokers in the music industry.
Pall and Taggart had been mainstream for two years when “Closer” debuted. The duo broke out with another hit single, “#Selfie” back in 2014. Despite their success, the duet had yet to pull away from the EDM world and become celebrated artists. “Closer” accomplished that, arriving during the summer and quickly taking on a life of its own. It netted many accomplishments becoming the fourth longest running No.1 in U.S. History, and the top single on the Hot 100. The song also earned the artists a Grammy nomination. Among these accolades was the most important one. Pall and Taggart were finally appreciated as artists.