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The Chainsmokers and Halsey Shine Like Diamonds with Single ‘Closer’

New York-based DJs Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart earned fame as EDM superstars, the Chainsmokers. But their biggest achievement comes with the success of just one song. After two years of dominating the Billboard’s charts, “Closer,” featuring pop star Hasley, has reached 10 million sales and is diamond-certified, a testament the duo’s popularity.

The constant play from fans was responsible for this achievement, so it made sense that they’d be first to hear the news on Instagram. Hasley and the Chainsmokers went online to inform their followers of “Closer’s” success while showing off the official plaques that celebrates the number of sales.

When it debuted near the end of summer 2016, “Closer” reached the very top of Billboard’s Hot 100, and it had no challenger for quite some time. Similarly, it ranked #1 on the Dance and Electronic chart and held on for years before being replaced just a few months ago by “The Middle.” The staying power of one single was a tell that the Chainsmokers had entered a new stage of popularity. They weren’t just the hot new twosome in EDM circles, they were now capable of reaching out across genres and climb mainstream charts. After a dozen times at the top, “Closer” is the fourth all-time hit single ever ranked by Billboard’s.

“Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots has since replaced “Closer,” but the single’s popularity hasn’t faltered much. It even took an emerging musical act and showed that Hasley had the talent to make it as a pop star with a bright future. This was made abundantly clear when “Closer” brought Grammy nominations in 2017 for the Chainsmokers and Hasley.

The Chainsmokers remain a musical act that is constantly talked about, but the last time “Closer” was in the press was in March of last year. After hitting platinum for the seventh time, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) made it official to the public. And while the plaques are in the hands of the three musicians, the RIAA has yet to reflect the diamond certification on their website, something that will be addressed before long.

Alex Pall Behind the Scenes

The Chainsmokers consists of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The duo have blossomed into success through their electronic music, one of the songs being “Closer,” featuring Halsey. Although they are both DJ’s, they want to be recognized as true artists that weave intimacy into dance songs that usually are not portrayed as so.

Alex Pall’s hobby and first love growing up was being a DJ. He was a DJ in New York as a side job, something he did for fun and because he was passionate about it. It was when he was playing a gig in an art gallery that he realized it was about time to start pursuing music full time. The manager he was working with at the time is still his manager to this day and introduced him to Andrew Taggart. The rest, as they say, is history.

Looking more closely at the duo, however, shows you how much dedication and love for their music there is. Alex was ambitious and driven, and really wanted to make a life out of playing music for the rest of his life. He got together with his partner everyday, like an actual job, 9-4, to gather ideas about their music and create essentially. It was not something that they talked about casually and decided to meet up later for, it was something they dedicated hard work to everyday. Alex is trying to write songs the represent him, something that he goes through in everyday life, something real. He does not want to succumb to making generic hits that mean nothing to him.

Alex Pall really wants to emphasize how important songwriting is for him. Many artists choose to have others write the songs for them, but he does not want to go down that route. Although there are other songwriters involved in the process for certain songs, Alex Pall makes sure he is a co-writer as well.

Alex Pall’s dedication, hard work, and passion for his music can be seen through the albums he has produced and the success it has accumulated. For Alex, loving what you’re doing and always striving to better yourself is ultimately what is important.