The Chainsmokers have hit the Big Time

The Chainsmokers are officially one of the most successful groups in modern history. Their single “Closer” has made it to diamond status. This EDM music duo is now one of the richest groups in the world. According to Forbes, they have made a whopping $45 million off their music success. This is nothing to sneeze at. They are a certified hit making duo.

When a single or album goes platinum 10 times over, that is equivalent to diamond status. This simply means that a record or song has sold more than 10 million units. That is a lot of record sales that many music artist will never see. A group must have a universal appeal to sell that many units. “Closer” has been such a huge hit for the Chainsmokers that this song is now considered one of the best in the field of music.

Artists and groups such as Adele, Garth Brooks, Usher, Santana, Backstreet Boys, ZZ Top, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Notorious B.I.G, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, TLC, Nirvana, Justin Bieber and Prince are the stars who managed to reach the diamond status level. By the way, Michael Jackson is the reigning king of this group by going platinum 33x’s over. He still is considered the best musical entertainer that has ever set foot on this planet. Still, the Chainsmokers are in his sphere.

This group has even put solo artist Halsey on the map since she was featured in this song. Her contribution to Closer has made her a household name. Halsey and the Chainsmokers were both doing their things before the collaboration of Closer but after the song debuted, the two musical forces started to catapult to enormous success.

Keep in mind that it took at least 2 years for Closer to reach diamond status 10 times over. Now that it has, Closer is definitely one of the best songs in modern history. It might surprise you, but people around the planet are still discovering this song. Remember it was released in the US back in 2016 and it has now trickled down to some foreign markets where the song is still being viewed for the first time. The Chainsmokers have definitely earned their spot in music history and deserve the big time status that they have acquired.

How Good Will Hunting Launched the Careers of Three Oscar Winners

Born on October 17, 1957 in The Bronx, Hollywood producer Lawrence Bender first made a name for himself producing cinematic legend Quentin Tarantino’s directorial debut Reservoir Dogs. However, a couple of years later he would triple that output when he produced Good Will Hunting.

Good Will Hunting is the story of a young Bostonian named Will Hunting who is from the wrong side of the tracks. Will works as a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After solving a difficult mathematics problem that a renowned professor posted for his graduate students to solve, Hunting is outed as a genius who has been hiding his intellectual prowess in favor of living a blue collar life with his friends, who are the only true family he has ever known. Through interactions with the professor who takes Will under his wing, a therapist who helps him confront his past as a victim of domestic abuse and a Harvard student who forces him to face down his intimacy issues after they begin dating, Hunting comes of age as he decides whether to leave his blue collar life behind in favor of a lifestyle where he embraces his genius rather than hiding it.

There are several reasons that Good Will Hunting is my favorite Lawrence Bender film. First and foremost, it’s a great movie. The narrative is well-crafted, engaging and ultimately leads to the protagonist making a life-affirming decision that is satisfying, true to his character and inspiring. The second reason that Good Will Hunting is my favorite can be summed up in two words: Robin Williams. Robin gives a career-defining performance as Will’s therapist and is awarded with an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as a result.

The final reason that Good Will Hunting is my favorite Bender film is that it gave birth to the Damon-Affleck Dynasty. As a result of Good Will Hunting’s success, the world took notice of Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck. For Matt and Ben in particular, Good Will Hunting was their passion project. They wrote the script, which earned them the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and Damon played the lead role of Will Hunting, earning him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. The Affleck siblings play two of Will Hunting’s friends in the film.

Following the success of Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck have gone on to have three of the most impressive careers in film history. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are two of the biggest movie stars in the world, with countless blockbusters and Oscar-worthy films on their resumes. In addition, Ben found success as a director, most notably for directing Best Picture winner Argo. Up until recently, Casey Affleck had put together a solid and respectable career as a character actor. However, in 2017, he took a big step toward becoming a household name like his brother and Damon when he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the film Manchester by the Sea.

Lawrence Bender is also no stranger to Oscar recognition. He has produced several award-worthy films, including Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Inglourious Basterds, Hacksaw Ridge and the aforementioned Good Will Hunting. Bender earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture for his work on Good Will Hunting, Inglourious Basterds and Pulp Fiction.