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Closer is a song by American EDM duo The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey. The song was released to digital retail and streaming formats on July 29, 2016, and impacted radio on August 2, 2016. The song became a commercial success, topping the charts in multiple countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. A music video was released on October 24, 2016.

Closer was nominated in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Background

The existence of the song was first confirmed when a snippet was performed at The Chainsmokers's Coachella set. At the Bonaroo Arts and Music Festival, Halsey was invited onto the stage to perform the song with them, where it was announced that she would be included in the final version.

The song was written as a "conversational song" with two people telling each other want they want specifically. Speaking on this further to Bazaar, The Chainsmokers said the following:

"...we ended up becoming friends with Halsey. We showed her the song and she made the second verse so it wasn't my one-sided story about some chick I used to date. She made it a conversation between the two of us, which added a really cool dynamic—it makes the song complete."[1]
Closer was included on The Chainsmokers's forthcoming extended play Collage, which was released on November 4, 2016.



Videos

Music video

The song's official music video was released on October 24, 2016. The video shows Drew Taggart and Halsey's characters' relationship. The two first met at a college party, and then hooked up afterward. At the pool, Halsey's character grows frustrated, and storms off. The characters are then sitting in their empty bedrooms. Throughout the video, it shows the party in the future where Halsey and Drew repeatedly gaze at each other. Eventually, Halsey leaves the party. Drew then follows her outside. The video ends with Halsey looking over her shoulder into the camera.

Music video Information
The Chainsmokers - Closer ft04:07

The Chainsmokers - Closer ft. Halsey

Released October 24, 2016
Length 4:07
Director Dano Cerny
Producer Unknown
Filmed 2016
Location Unknown
VEVO views 215+ Million views

Lyric video

Music video Information
The Chainsmokers - Closer (Lyric) ft04:22

The Chainsmokers - Closer (Lyric) ft. Halsey

Released July 29, 2016
Length 4:22
Director Rory Kramer
Producer Ben Wolin, Enes Kolenovic
Filmed 2016
Location Point Mugu, California
VEVO views 1.5+ Billion views

Live performances

Music video Information
The Chainsmokers - Closer (Live from the 2016 MTV VMAs) ft04:10

The Chainsmokers - Closer (Live from the 2016 MTV VMAs) ft. Halsey

Released August 28, 2016
Length 4:10
Director N/A
Producer N/A
Filmed 2016
Location New York City, New York
VEVO views 61+ Million views

Charts and certifications

Charts

Chart (2016) Peak

position

Australia (ARIA) 1
Australia Dance (ARIA) 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 7
Canada (Canada Hot 100) 1
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) 6
Denmark (Tracklisten) 15
Germany (Official German Charts) 12
Ireland (IRMA) 1
Italy (FIMI) 25
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 7
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1
Norway (VG-lista) 7
Philippines (PARI) 1
Portugal (AFP) 21
Scotland (Official Charts Company) 1
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 1
UK Dance (Official Charts Company) 1
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard) 1
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard) 28
US Mainstream Top 40 1
US Rhythmic (Billboard) 2

Certifications

Country Certification
Australia (ARIA) 4x Platinum
Canada (Music Canada) 2x Platinum
Italy (FIMI) Gold
New Zealand (RMNZ) Platinum
Sweden (GLF) Platinum
United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum
United States (RIAA) 4x Platinum

Lyrics

Hey, I was doing just fine just before I met you
I drank too much and that's an issue but I'm okay
Hey, you tell your friends it was nice to meet them
But I hope I never see them again

I know it breaks your heart
Moved to the city in a broke down car and
Four years, no calls
Now you're looking pretty in a hotel bar and
I can't stop
No, I can't stop

So baby pull me closer in the backseat of your Rover
That I know you can't afford
Bite that tattoo on your shoulder
Pull the sheets right off the corner
Of the mattress that you stole
From your roommate back in Boulder
We ain't ever getting older

We ain't ever getting older
We ain't ever getting older

You, look as the good as the day as I met you
I forget just why I left you, I was insane
Stay, and play that Blink-182 song
That we beat to death in Tuscon, okay

I know it breaks your heart
I moved to the city in a broke down car and
Four years, no calls
Now I'm looking pretty in a hotel bar and
I can't stop
No, I can't stop

So baby pull me closer in the backseat of your Rover
That I know you can't afford
Bite that tattoo on your shoulder
Pull the sheets right off the corner
Of the mattress that you stole
From your roommate back in Boulder
We ain't ever getting older

We ain't ever getting older
We ain't ever getting older

So baby pull me closer in the backseat of your Rover
That I know you can't afford
Bite that tattoo on your shoulder
Pull the sheets right off the corner
Of the mattress that you stole
From your roommate back in Boulder
We ain't ever getting older
We ain't ever getting older (we ain't ever getting older)
We ain't ever getting older (we ain't ever getting older)
We ain't ever getting older (we ain't ever getting older)
We ain't ever getting older

We ain't ever getting older
No we ain't ever getting older

Gallery

Trivia

  • Closer is Halsey's first top ten and number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It is also The Chainsmoker's first number one of the chart.
  • Closer is Halsey's first song to top iTunes in the United States.
  • The song is The Chainsmokers and Halsey's first number one in Australia.
  • Halsey and The Chainsmokers performed Closer at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • The song went platinum the same day as Halsey's debut album Badlands.
  • Closer topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 12 consecutive weeks. This makes it the longest running number one of 2016, as well as the third-longest running number one song of the decade.
  • The song sold almost 2 million copies in the United States.
  • "Closer" accumulated over 1 billion streams on Spotify.

References

  1. DJ Duo The Chainsmokers On Making One Of The Biggest Songs of the Year, "Closer"

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