“Closer,” one of the longest running No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic songs chart, has now been certified diamond in the U.S., according to a Forbes.com article. The track has achieved shipments of at least 10 million units. The biggest hit by The Chainsmokers, dance production duo Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, also features the vocal talent of Halsey, the stage name of singer Ashley Nicholette Frangipane. The blockbuster release had last been certified at seven-times platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) in March of 2017. The September 16, 2018 piece tells how The Chainsmokers and Halsey both broke the news of the advancement of their global smash hit from multi-platinum to diamond status on their Instagram pages by posting photos of themselves with their new plaques honoring the achievement. Jimmy Kimmel presented The Chainsmokers with their plaques. The surprisingly rapid rise and persistence at the top of the charts of “Closer” was described in the article. The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 record chart in late summer 2016. It dominated the all-genre singles listing for months. The successful song collected a string of awards and has helped both acts to earn Grammy nominations. The tune was nominated for a Grammy in 2017 in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category. “Closer” continues to gain more sales, streams and radio play. The article says the track was the longest running No. 1 hit on the Hot Dance/Electronic chart until recently being passed by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey’s “The Middle”. For The Chainsmokers, who already had several top 10 songs, “that one tune pushed them over the edge and made them true superstars,” and for Halsey, a rising star with a large fan base, the song “was truly her breakout hit single,” says Forbes.
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Clay Hutson owns a company in Nashville, Tennessee which is in the business of offering services to musicians and corporate event organizers. He is a jack of all trades in his industry and has been a monitor engineer, audio engineer, production manager, stage manager, and even a tour manager. He has deep experience designing live concerts as well as producing and managing them. His biggest market is rock music and some of the big-name artists he has had as clients are OneRepublic, Pink, Guns N’ Roses, and Garbage. He is currently out on tour with Kid Rock.
He started his company in the wake of the last recession. Clay Hutson says the timing was right for a few reasons. First, he had built up a wealth of skills he could market. Second, his employer had been very negatively impacted by the recession so leaving that company was a pretty attractive thing to do. He has been able to get clients for his company by establishing a reputation for being someone that wasn’t afraid of hard work and putting in long hours. He is also known for his attention to details and constantly rechecking all of his work. If he doesn’t do things right that can often mean something goes wrong on stage and even safety could be compromised.
Clay Hutson says he always has to keep up with new technology because to fall behind can be the death knell of a career in the music industry. He points to mobile lighting equipment as something that has dramatically improved lately. Not only is this equipment substantially brighter today but it’s also smaller and much more mobile.
One technology he is pretty tired of, though, is the massive video walls so often used in concerts. Clay Hutson says that he likes it when an artist tries to wow the audience in new ways. He appreciates artists like Pin who will have acrobats performing and other stunts that are eye-catching. He likes this type of creativity much more than an even higher definition video screen.