Recently, the famous song “Closer,” by The Chainsmokers and Halsey, has been certified diamond in the United States, meaning that at least ten million units were purchased. The song is one of the best-selling pop songs in recent history, but neither The Chainsmokers nor Halsey expected such a strong success. The achievement of becoming diamond-certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has long been a high-standing, coveted achievement.
That wasn’t love
That was just hope
— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) December 14, 2018
Both musicians revealed their successes upon their Instagram pages, uploading pictures of the plaques as concrete proof of their accomplishment. The RIAA have yet to update their website with respect to the status of Halsey’s and The Chainsmoker’s achievement, but this is bound to happen soon, especially due to the two artists’ having posted evidence on social media.
No one had expected the massive success this song would soon be greeted with upon its release. Perhaps even more surprising to music listeners was just how long “Closer” would stick around in the world of popular culture and music. In nearly no time at all, the country became ablaze with endearment towards this simple, yet relatable song, and this appreciation would continue for years to come.
Aside from being beloved by everyday listeners, the song was extremely appreciated by music-centric organizations across America, having been given a Grammy nomination and a broad list of awards. Although The Chainsmokers and Halsey did not end up winning the Grammy, some of the awards “Closer” has won include the Billboard Music Award for Top Collaboration, the iHeartRadio Music Award for Dance Song of the Year, and the Myx Music Award for Favorite International Video.
Even if the success of “Closer” has started to dwindle, this is to be expected with all forms of music the public latches onto. We become invested in a piece of music, and then the music becomes tired. However, the amount of time “Closer” remained successful and popular is what makes it as enormous of an accomplishment as it remains today.