“Closer” the 2016 hit by the Chainsmokers and Halsey has garnered diamond platinum certification. This is a huge development for both the Chainsmokers and Halsey and represents a seminal accomplishment many artists do not make. Diamond status is awarded to singles and album that sell over ten million units. “Closer”, which was written by Taggart, bolted to the top of the Hot 100 shortly after its release. It proved to be hotter than the summer of 2016 and sat on its chart-topping throne for quite a while. It reigned supreme on the all-genre top lists for so long it eventually garnered fourth longest-running No. 1 hit in the history of the U.S. This would be the first of many accomplishments to come. The Chainsmokers have a habit of producing work that goes on to become as old as they are. As they have been around for a mere four years, their new music still charts with older hits.
The Chainsmokers came to be in 2012. The EDM duo of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart were relatively unknown until they broke out in 2014. Their first hit single, “#Selfie” debuted the catchy beat audience still cannot get enough of. By 2016 however, they had much more to show. Not only had they become integral parts of their song-writing, Taggart himself was taking lead vocals on songs. The duet quickly singled themselves out form the rest of the pack. Their first album release, “Memories… Do Not Open” was a refreshing success. It would go on to garner third longest running non-consecutive No.1 on Billboard. Soon after they would produce “Closer” and the industry would finally regard them as artists.
“Closer” would go on to nab a smattering of awards, and would also earn all three artists their first Grammy nomination. Now it sits atop the hill once more. Diamond certification is a very sought-after accolade in music circles. The artists broke the news to their fan base with a series of posted photos on Instagram. The news cannot come at a better time for Pall and Taggart, as the duo is in the midst of planning their second studio release.