It is an accomplishment that many artists can only dream of, going 10X platinum and earning the respect of the music industry. It is an achievement that deserves attention and attention is what The Chainsmokers along with Halsey are receiving from their accomplishment. According to the Recording Industry Association of, The ChainSmokers and Halsey have crossed the threshold of 10 million units sold of their hit song “Closer. They have in addition officially engraved themselves into the history books marking their song as one of the fourth longest reigns on having their hit number one in the U.S.
Their achievement would elevate them to great heights including receiving a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The winner in this instance went to another group labeled as an underdog themselves, 21 pilots “stressed out“ would go on to win the award.
The Chainsmokers, however, did not need the win to find acceptance, the group had already created a large and loyal fan base way before their hit song, for Halsey though, though already a proven musician as well, the hit would be the breakout song she needed.
Although not officially on the website, it seems that the RIAA wanted to hold back in order for the group to tell their fan base directly. The Chainsmokers alerted their fans of the accomplishment via an Instagram post on September 15. The group would comment on how incredible and unbelievable it felt to receive such a prestigious honor. Furthermore, the group mentioned how at first their hit song was initially a simple catchy tune that was only meant for themselves and their friends while riding on their tour bus, in fact, that’s where the song was written. It’s safe to say that their fans very much appreciate the fact that it did not remain in that bus for long.
Music duo The Chainsmokers are going strong. Ever since exploding on the mainstream music scene with their hit song “Closer” two years ago, musicians and producers Alex Pall and Drew Taggart have created one of the summer’s strongest anthems with their smash record “Side Effects,” a song that simultaneously captures the zeitgeist of their generation while exploring timeless themes dealing with loneliness and relationships. Recently, the duo played an enormously successful show at the Hollywood Palladium that generated a terrific buzz in the industry.
The two spoke recently about how the Internet has shaped their millennial peer group, noting that younger people have come to define themselves through social media and that their romantic relationships often start and end online. Pall and Taggart, who met in New York but are now based in Los Angeles, frequently write about how relationships work in the Internet age, and “Side Effects” is no different. The lyrics of the catchy, disco-inflected tune, sung by their friend Emily Warren, have a story line where the protagonist finds herself drunk and alone late at night and struggles with the temptation to call an ex.
The two Chainsmokers also discussed how they have evolved from being DJ’s simply playing and mixing other people’s music to musicians in their own right; they feel that this was something they had to do in order to remain relevant and to grow as artists. These days, sometimes they play live with a backing band and sometimes they just play records they way they did in the early days. It all depends on where they’re performing and how they feel that evening.
It’s great to see The Chainsmokers doing so well. They are one of the most important and popular acts on the music scene today, and they are pioneering a new sound that mixes the best of the old and the new.