The video depicts Illenium, real name Nicholas D. Between overhead shots, helicopter footage, and dramatic closeups, the visual accompaniment perfectly suits the melancholic tone of the song. Last week, the aforementioned artists had teased the music video and song release with a guerrilla promotion. In a video depicting a text message conversation between them, they shared a phone number and promised a "little surprise" to anyone who added it as a contact on the outreach platform Community. Once they did, fans were sent a link to a second clip of the video - and then a link to the full video minutes before its premiere.
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It reached the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot In an interview with Billboard ' s Taylor Weatherby, Warren said about the collaboration:. The Chainsmokers happened to be in New York and I was working on some stuff at a studio nearby, and they were like, 'Can you please come? We're finishing this song. It needs a little something; we don't know what it is. Can you just come sing some background or something? They were like, 'All right, sick, the song's done now.
The song was released to digital retail and streaming formats on July 29, , and impacted radio on August 2, 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, 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 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. Closer was included on The Chainsmokers's extended play Collage , which was released on November 4,