“Closer” has been a steady hit for DJ duo The Chainsmokers and featured pop star Hasley for the last couple of years. After such a long time on the charts, and moving more than 10 million units, the single has been diamond-certified in the US.
The Chainsmokers and Hasley hit Instagram to break the news and show off their new plaques, standing as proof that they’ve all entered new phases in their musical careers thanks to the endurance of one beloved song. “Closer” is actually so popular that it still held on to its top spot on the Dance and Electronic chart on Billboard’s up until a few months ago when replaced by “The Middle” by Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified “Closer” back in March of last year after it went platinum for the seventh time, a sign that this was an international hit that would be around for some time. Diamond status means that the single has reached platinum status a total of ten times so far, a daunting achievement that will likely be reflected on the RIAA’s website in the near future.
Near the end of the summer in 2016, “Closer” find a comfortable stop at the top of the Hot 100, and once situated there it didn’t budge, lasting much longer than anyone expected of the Chainsmokers at the time. It wasn’t just a hit with lovers of pop music or the EDM crowd. “Closer” wound up being the top all-genre single a dozen times, making it the fourth in the longest running top hits in chart history.
After popularity came awards, and “Closer” even helped Hasley and the Chainsmokers nab a couple of Grammy nominations, the first for both acts.
It may have ultimately lost to Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out,” but it was clear that after “Closer” the Chainsmokers were a powerhouse team that would go on to dominate streams and sales for the foreseeable future.
While “Closer” was arguably the hit that put Hasley on the scene as a viable pop star, the Chainsmokers had a couple of top 10 hits that slowly built a fan base that has contributed to their staying power.