“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.
Making a Name for Themselves
The Chainsmokers is a musical group comprised of the duo, Alex Pall & Andrew Taggart. The duo makes music for the EDM/Pop genre. They have an enormous following and really gained their stardom with their hit single, “#Selfie”, in 2014 and have been in the limelight ever since. Since 2014, they have had multiple hits that have topped the billboard 100 list such as Roses, Something Just Like This, Closer, & Don’t Let Me Down to name a few. They DJ duo has been tremendously successful in their genre and have pushed boundaries and have been quite revolutionary. A perfect example of their revolutionary motives are when Andrew Taggart featured his own voice in their hit single, Closer ft. Halsey. Traditionally, DJ’s never use their own voice, rather, they mix tracks and create music behind the DJ booth. However, Taggart shifted that norm when he stepped out from beyond the DJ booth and used his own voice along with Halsey in their hit song Closer. The duo took the risk of going outside or the ordinary. The song was very well received, making the risk absolutely worth it.
The successful DJ duo known as the Chainsmokers have witnessed unprecedented success with their music. The Chainsmokers reached the milestone of having their debut album be the third longest running number one album on the billboard dance chart. The milestone is quite significant given their recent rise to fame. They have mounted great success in such as short amount of time with their revolutionary new way method of creating music. The industry has recognized the group as industry leaders in multiple aspects. They collaborate with the most mainstream artists and break traditional norms of DJing. They group has caught the attention of millions of fans.
In today’s technological age, it only makes sense that some of the hottest music available comes from DJs around the worl,d who create most of their sounds using computers, turn tables and other electronic equipment. The Chainsmokers have recently entered the electronic music scene and seem to be on the path to taking the crown. The duo was interviewed by Mathias Rosenzweig on how they managed to hit the ground running with their success story.
With simple beginnings as a hobbying New York DJ in his spare time, Alex Pall realized in his early stages that the electronic dance scene was where he needed to put his experience. With the help of his manager, who has been with Pall since his original beginning, he met the other half of his duo, Andrew Taggart, and instantly the pair merged together and began putting out their authentic sounds. Needing to stand apart from the already popular electronic scene, the pair knew they had to find something that would make them memorable and different.
While typical DJs use their equipment or other artists pre-recorded music to add the voices and simple wording into their songs, what sets Pall and Taggart apart is that they are now incorporating their own voices into their tracks! The duo do use songwriters, but they integrate their own personal lives into the music, making them one of the only electronic trend setters to have so much intense personification in their music.
When asked if he thought he had a sense of whom his music was affecting, Pall was quoted saying, “We make music for ourselves, and it’s really exciting that everyone else is enjoying it enough that they find some emotional connection to it.” He also stated that their music is reaching the world, including the Philippines and South Africa, and that they actually receive videos and messages from people describing how their music has touched their lives.
It is often difficult to enter the music world and be successful, but when an artist or DJ has pure talent and aren’t easily swayed by trends, they can have an extremely beneficial career and can have the ability to change lives for the people who hear their sounds! The Chainsmokers have hit the scene running and can only continue to grow in popularity by putting out their original, personal, intense electronic music!