In order for a single to gain diamond certification it has to sell a lot of copies. Many artists have enjoyed singles going platinum or double platinum later in their careers, but rare are the ones who enjoy diamond certification. Achieving that means an single has to sell tens of millions of copies, which is exactly what the Chainsmokers single “Closer” did. Recently the popular EDM duet of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart took to Instagram to share the news. They published a photo of themselves holding huge plaques with the popular single encased inside. This is a huge accolade to receive. What makes it bigger is that “Closer” only came out two years ago in 2016.
In reality the Chainsmokers have only been around four years. The time they spent working the trenches before their big breakout does not really count. For most people the Chainsmokers began to exist in 2014 with their first hit “#Selife”. By the time they approached “Closer” they already had a portfolio of hit singles, and successful EP releases. To complete the song the duo used up-and-comer Halsey to provide vocals. This would be Halsey’s breakout as she became well known after “Closer’s” release. The song was an instant smash. It grew in popularity with both Chainsmokers fans, EDM listeners, and anyone else who happen to hear it. It gave Pall and Taggart their first Grammy nod, and eventually netted the fourth longest running No.1 single spot.
Now in the midst of a busy, productive, and successful year for the duo they get a very important feather in the cap. Anticipation is high that a second studio album will soon be making an appearance. This is a big deal considering how well their last album performed. “Memories… Do Not Open” actually nabbed an accolade itself. It recently became the third longest running non-consecutive No.1 for Billboard. Released back in 2017 the album has yet to leave the top 10. With “Closer” garnering high praise many predict the time is ripe for album two. Looking at the Chainsmokers one gets a feeling they might just bask a little first.