The Chainsmokers’ Closer: Attaining Eminence
Reaching Diamond Certification status for a song is an incredible achievement. For this to transpire, a song must reach at least ten million unit sales and streams. That’s precisely what happened for The Chainsmokers, a renowned EDM-pop duo, with their track named “Closer” featuring Halsey. The duo and the singer both broke the news on their Instagram accounts on September 15, 2018 by posting photos clutching their diamond plaques. The song was originally released on July 29, 2016 through Columbia Records and Disruptor Records, and produced by The Chainsmokers. In the United States, “Closer” developed into the duo and the singer’s initial number one song on the Billboard Hot 100. The track sustained leading primacy for twelve successive weeks. The Chainsmokers also shattered the previous record held by Calvin Harris for having four songs reign at the top of the Dance/ Electronic Songs chart, with “Closer” being the fourth. The hit song also became The Chainsmokers’ and Halsey’s first number-one single peripheral to the United States in countries including Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia and the United Kingdom, to region the top spot in the musical charts. Furthermore, “Closer” also was named the first song to reside in the leading five songs of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 26 weeks. It was also named as the solely second song in Hot 100 chart history to rest in the top 10 of the charts for 32 weeks.
The Chainsmokers were nothing less than shocked to hear this news, stating they would have never thought that one of their songs would reach 10x platinum. In March of 2017, “Closer was first certified by the RIAA (Record Industry Association of America) where it rapidly progressed all the way to 7x platinum. The mega-hit also went on to tie several other hit releases as one of the fourth prolonged running number one songs in U.S. history.
Not only did this track burst many musical records, it also helped both acts obtain Grammy nominations. Although they didn’t win, “Closer” was a true breakout hit single for Halsey as the track continued to notch streams and sales.