Arguably New York’s most famous DJ twosome, the Chainsmokers, are in the news once again thanks to the unending popularity of their music. Along with pop icon Hasley, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have been awarded diamond certification for their single “Closer” by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) after having sold 10 million units over the last two years.
“Closer” was released late in the summer of 2016, and upon its debut it was situated at the top spot of Billboard’s Hot 100. No other single seemed able to challenge its popularity for a long while. It was also an instant hit with the Dance and Electronic chart, where it remained untouched until a few months ago. These records, a dozen times at the top of the charts, made “Closer” the fourth longest running #1 single in history.
The endurance of this single brought the Chainsmokers to a new stage in their music careers. The Chainsmokers weren’t just going to fold back into a crowd of EDM acts that premiere to middling applause then disappear. This was a duo that had mainstream appeal, able to move across genre charts and top them all. “Closer” also showcased Hasley’s talent as a pop star, and was the breakthrough single that popularized her.
Though “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots has since replaced it on the Hot 100 and “The Middle” is currently at the top of Dance and Electronic, “Closer” absolutely dominated the last two years through sales and streams. The song even got Hasley and the Chainsmokers Grammy nominations in 2017.
Ultimately the success of “Closer” came from the fans who just couldn’t stop listening, so it was only fitting that they got the news first. Both Chainsmokers and Hasley made the announcement about diamond certification on their Instagram accounts, glowing with pride with their official plaques.
Prior to diamond certification, the last time “Closer” was in the news was when the RIAA was honoring the single for going platinum for the seventh time last March. Now that the plaques are in the hands of the recording artists, the last thing needed to make diamond certification part of history is for the RIAA to update their website.