Remaining successful in the music industry is not an easy task, especially after you achieved a certain level of fame. The Chainsmokers however, continue to stay at the top, remaining popular and financially successful. The duo formed by Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall have made headlines recently, when Forbes ranked them at number 2 in their list of highest-paid DJs in the world.
Last year, The Chainsmokers ranked at number 3, earning $38 million. In 2018, they bested stars such as Steve Aoki, David Guetta, and Diplo, earning $45.5 million from music streams and sales and from performing their music live. As a result of their 3 year residency deal made with Wynn Nightlife, The Chainsmokers have been collecting nightly checks with mid six-figures for their sets, Forbes noting that there were more than 100.
The Chainsmokers have also been in the news after the two, alongside Halsey, announced on their Instagram accounts that their hit single “Closer” was certified platinum. The Recording Industry Association of America last certified the track in 2017, when it received the 7 times platinum status. The track continued to garner sales, giving it a diamond status, which implies a 10 time platinum status, meaning that the song sold more than 10 million units in the United States.
The Chainsmoker already had a handful of successful singles to their resume, and since the release of the track they put out their debut album “Memories…Do Not Open” and an EP title Sick Boy, but “Closer” proved to be their most popular and successful tune. In addition, the track was also a breakthrough for Halsey, who gained a wider audience after she already proved herself to be a rising talent. Upon release, the song reached number 1 on the Hot 100 chart, and had more staying power than anybody could have predicted.
“Closer” is considered among the fourth longest-running number 1 hits in the history of the country. It went on to collect various awards, and earned The Chainsmokers and Halsey their first Grammy nominations. Achieving diamond status two years after its release proves how popular the track has been.