The Chainsmokers “Closer” Gains More Notoriety with Diamond Certification

“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.

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Making Hits with Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard one of The Chainsmokers’ hit songs. In fact, their song “Closer,” featuring artist of the moment Halsey, is now the longest-running number one dance hit of all time. The group, comprised of friends Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, have changed the way listeners look at DJ groups. They sing their own songs, write their own lyrics, and are working to weave intimacy into a genre too often focused on just beats. A recent interview with Paul reveals the secrets to their success.

Pall was DJing as a side job when his manager introduced him to Taggert. The two immediately began working together, with Pall deciding to focus on music full time. He states that he knew the group would work from the beginning because both he and Taggart were incredibly driven and observant. They played to each other’s strengths and constantly discussed the bigger concepts behind their art, leading to the cohesive sound we hear today.

From early on, the duo took a “why not” approach to singing their own songs. Most DJs aren’t writing their own lyrics, but Pall states that The Chainsmokers’ songs are about their lives. They’re constantly inspired by their fan base, which they’re able to connect with because of social media. They pour that inspiration into their live shows, which Pall describes as “an entirely curated show” not unlike a festival. The production value is always high, which keeps fans coming back for more.

In light of the group’s success, Pall says he’s not resting on his laurels. He acknowledges that when DJs take long breaks, they sometimes struggle to come back the same. This is why he and Taggart constantly push to create new content.

He seeks to continue to be on the forefront of pushing new boundaries and providing his audience with new experiences.

One thing is for sure – whatever the duo comes up with next, they will have an eager audience ready to hear it.

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