New York based EDM duo the Chainsmokers can now add diamond certification to their ever widening list of accolades. The duo of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart first appeared on the mainstream in 2014 with hit single “#Selfie”, now four years later they have a diamond certified single to their credit. The single, “Closer” was the duos first smash hit. A catchy song featuring up-and-comer Halsey the single made a huge splash on its initial release. The single first graced the public in 2016, since that time it has sold around 10 million units.
Pall and Taggart revealed the covetous accolade through Instagram, joining pictures of them holding matching plaques. The pictures were joined by images of Halsey holding a plaque of her own. This momentous award comes on the heels of five hit single releases for the group this year, as well as their first album “Memories… Do Not Open” nabbing the third longest-running none-consecutive album slot. “Closer” which collected a huge smattering of awards in its initial debut is also a title holder. It is the fourth longest-running No 1. in the history of the U.S. Now that it has gone diamond, which essentially is ten time platinum, the duo and lead singer can make congratulatory rounds.
The Chainsmokers have always sought to set themselves apart. Never adhering to the standards for typical EDM DJs, Pall and Taggart have created their own niche. Whether it is their live mix performances, self-written lyrics, or Taggart on lead vocals, the Chainsmokers are always pushing EDM boundaries. The success of Closer is indicative of how well this choice has paid off. In an interview Pall decried that one of the biggest hurdles the band faces is staying relevant. Diamond certification is a clear example that they have nothing to worry about.
The track also got the duo nominated for a Grammy, although they did not win that year. As for Halsey the diamond certification is a thrilling feather in the cap. The singer was just making rounds when “Closer” came along, and it proved to be her first real hit.