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.
Alex Pall was recently interviewed after releasing the song “Closer” which features Halsey. Pall spoke about working with Halsey, calling her incredible. Halsey was number one on their list of artists that The Chainsmokers desperately wanted to work with, so finally being able to do so was awesome for them. She was so high on the list because of who she is. She’s unique and has a very strong voice, but beyond that Pall calls her “un-apologetically her” which is just the kind of artist that The Chainsmokers like to work with.
Closer was their first song that featured one of the duo singing on their own tracks instead of just featuring other artists. This was a big step in the right direction for The Chainsmokers, and also a huge step in finding their own identity as music artists. The song was completely written by Andrew Taggart and one of their friends while they were touring as well.
Since forming, their audience has expanded quite a bit, making their identity even harder to pin down. They originally were just a DJ duo for college kids, but now their audience has people over 30 and under 15 in it, which means on their tours, they now have to actually think about their shows. Pall doesn’t want to just put on a set list and blast it for the audience like they used to do, he wants to actually perform these awesome songs for the people.
With that in mind, the duo have been changing the way their live shows work. There has always been some performance element to their shows, but now that Taggart is singing on their tracks, it is going to be different. They’re currently putting on a festival type show, with a lot of production, short acts, and their DJing. Their first show at Red Rocks sold out 7 months in advance, proving that they are definitely moving in the right direction with their showmanship. Unlike other DJs now a days, The Chainsmokers have always performed their songs live, the singing just adds a new element to that.