The Chainsmokers just shared some huge news with their adoring fan base. As if they did not need any more proof of their overall excellence, the dynamic duet just garnered a diamond certified single. Diamond certification is granted to top-charting singles or albums that sell over 10 million units. Adele received one for her album Adele 25. They are fancy looking plaques that contain the cover art of the single, or album, as well as ten platinum plated LPs. The LPs represent each million units that were sold. For artists within the music industry, diamond certification is a very coveted accomplishment. Now the Chainsmokers have one. If anyone needed proof that Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are the real deal this is definitely it.
Pall and Taggart became the Chainsmokers in 2012. They worked the trenches for a bit and finally broke out with hit single “#Selfie”. The single charted in 2014, a mere four years ago. In that time the duo has broken into the top ten, stayed there, produced a successful studio album, changed their style, broken boundaries, and established themselves as artists. Needless to say, they have been busy. “Closer” the newly minted diamond single, was produced back in 2016. 2016 was a banner year for the duo. Their first and only studio album, “Memories… Do Not Open”, came out and made major waves. In fact, the album still has yet to leave the top ten. The duet’s genre-bending style gained prominence as well. Pall and Taggart involve themselves in songwriting, and Taggart covers a lot of lead vocal for their songs. For those who do know, this is not typical behavior of EDM artists. This was also the year they collaborated with Halsey, a new artist, on what would become their biggest hit “Closer”.
Two years later “Closer” is still selling. The song, featuring Halsey and Taggart on vocals, was written by Taggart and Canadian DJ Shaun Frank. The song is about living for the moment and focuses on a hook-up between a man and his ex. It plays with themes of alcoholism and class distinction. According to Pall the female character is supposed to be rich and the narrator, sung by Taggart, is poor.