The Chainsmokers 2016 hit-out-of-the-park, “Closer”, has just netted diamond certification. The single, which was last certified in March of 2017 at seven-times platinum, has made the jump to ten million units sold. For those at home it is ten times platinum, or as the RIAA likes to call it, diamond platinum. Platinum LPs represent an album or single selling over a million units. Every time the single, or album, nets another million it is awarded another platinum LP. It is a very bit deal in the music industry, and a coveted accomplishment among artists. Seeing as how all three artists are only about two years old in mainstream time, this is a huge accomplishment to have. Alex Pall, Andrew Taggart, and Halsey all received plaques as well as a flood of kudos. The artists first revealed the news on Instagram via some posted photos.
“Closer” was first released back in 2016. 2016 is by far the most successful year for both the Chainsmokers and Halsey. For Halsey it was her breakout single and essentially made her career. For Pall and Taggart, it solidified them as artists, and forever separated them from typical EDM. The song was written by Taggart who also performed the lead vocals. The song is famous for its catchy beat and indefinite lyrics. It is the type of song that gets stuck in your head and stays there. The song does contain substance with an intriguing story underneath, but to fully understand what that story is takes some dissection.
Basically, it is the impromptu hook-up between a man and his ex after they accidentally bump into each other. It reveals the reasons for the break-up, the man’s drinking, and comments on their social status. According to Alex Pall the girl is from a rich family. It uses real-life instances to outline the central plot, which is mainstay of Chainsmoker songs. Pall and Taggart like to use their real lives as the framework of their music. Allows them to better connect to the audience. The song is a great mixture of the sound that made the Chainsmokers famous, the talent of Halsey, and the songwriting that set the duet apart.