‘Closer’ by the Chainsmokers Becomes Diamond-Certified

Posted on December 03, 2018

Two years after its official release, ‘Closer’ managed over 10 million unit shipments. This feat has made the Chainsmokers/Halsey-made single to bag a diamond certification. The news first appeared on the Instagram pages of both Halsey and the Chainsmokers after they posted photos of the plaques. By having a highly-coveted diamond single, the Chainsmokers have proved to be successful in their work.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) had certified the song multi-platinum (seven times platinum) in March 2017. Now the radio banger has hit ten times platinum (diamond), although the RIAA are yet to update their website with this information. When Halsey and the Chainsmokers released their song, it quickly bolted to Hot 100’s top song (2016).

The dance-pop would remain in that position longer than anybody expected. In other consecutive frames, ‘Closer’ ruled the all-genre singles and became one of US history’s fourth longest-running #1 hits. It tied in that position with other blockbuster releases.

The US society does not fail to reward any significant work. With that said, ‘Closer’ has bagged a couple of awards. These awards made it earn a nomination to the Grammy’s Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance category. Unfortunately, it has not yet won any Grammy as that particular year it lost to “Stressed Out,” which was a surprise hit by Twenty One Pilots. Still, it is a Chainsmoker’s song that continues to rack up streams, radio plays, and sales.

Other than a Grammy nomination, ‘Closer’ has been the #1 longest-running hit in Billboard’s chart of Hot/ Dance/ Electronic songs up until recently. “The Middle,” a song by Grey, Maren Morris, and Zedd dethroned it a few months ago.

“Closer” is not the first song by the Chainsmokers to become a top-ten hit. The due have a handful of songs that have done quite well. Even so, “Closer” is the tune that has pushed Chainsmokers over the edge, making them true superstars. The American production/ DJ duo consists of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. The pair creates songs in genres such as pop, electropop, and electronic dance music. They have won the Grammy’s Best Dance Recording Awards, an American Music Award, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and many Billboard Awards.


Lawrence Bender: Academy Award Winning Producer and Documentary Filmmaker

Posted on May 22, 2018

Lawrence Bender is one of the top movie producers of our time. He has earned himself several academy awards for the movies he has chosen to be a part of as well as a slew of nominations. Aside of his mainstream movies, he has also won acclaim for producing and having a large role in the creation of the documentary An Inconvenient Trust. The documentary was truly groundbreaking as it was one of the first documentaries on the horrors of global warming that truly held water and was seen as created with an unbiased view. The documentary focused around proven information and scientific data that shed a bright light on the massive and widespread effects that global warming is having on our world. It also shone a light on the horrors of what could happen if a bigger focus isn’t placed on getting a handle on controlling global warming and, of course, on putting into action concrete laws and actions to stop this damage.

The documentary was a favorite of mine due to the fact that it wasn’t seen as an attack on any one organization, which is how similar global warming documentaries seemed to make a small splash, instead of a longstanding current that really made the issue a focus. Years after its release, the documentary is still being utilized in schools as a learning tool as well as an overall educational tool that is widely referenced. Lawrence Bender took home the Academy Award in the year of its release for Best Documentary Film. This is a very high honor to achieve.

As far as his more mainstream work, some of his major projects include keystone movies such as Django Unchained and Inglorious Bastards. He worked closely with Quentin Tarantino on both Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. In fact, Reservoir Dogs was actually one of the first major movies that Lawrence Bender played a crucial role in producing.

As far as his personal life, Lawrence Bender hails from both The Bronx and New Jersey. He studied at UofMaine in college before life weaved him into the world of film production, where he has continued to see great success.