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Multi-platinum breakout artist Kane Brown was surprised with six RIAA certification upgrades last evening in Nashville at Sony Music Nashville’s headquarters during a Platinum album event for his #1 self-titled debut album. In addition to receiving a plaque for being the only debut album that has achieved RIAA Platinum certification in the past 80 weeks, the ACM, CMA, Billboard and CMT Music Award-nominated star was honored with a plaque commemorating his achievements for the 3x Platinum-certification of his #1 hit, “What Ifs,” as well as Double-Platinum Certification of his Multi-week #1 song “Heaven.” Additionally, Brown was honored with Gold certifications for “Found You,” and “There Goes My Everything.”


The hundreds of guests in attendance included the 24-year-old entertainer and his family, friends, band and crew, Brown’s team members and label, as well as promotion, consumption, media and marketing partners, event co-partners BMI, SESAC and APRA, producers Dann Huff and Matt McVaney and several songwriters, music publishers and PROs. BMI songwriter Shy Carter, SESAC songwriter Matt McGinn and BMI/APRA songwriter Lindsay Rimes were also recognized for writing the #1 hit “Heaven,” and were joined by their respective music publishers. Sony Music Nashville’s Chairman & CEO Randy Goodman set the tone for the momentous occasion, noting the “cumulative stats are stunning, if not staggering” and highlighting a list of milestones, including:


In the 80 weeks since Kane’s album debuted, 53 songs have hit #1, while only one debut album (Kane Brown) has achieved RIAA Platinum certification in the same 80 weeks. His debut/deluxe album is also 2018’s most streamed album, and has held the #1 Billboard Top Country Album position for 56% of the weeks thus far in 2018. Kane Brown topped the Billboard Country Album Chart for 12 weeks, marking the most weeks any album has topped this chart since December 2016. Brown remains the first and only artist to top all 5 of the Billboard country charts simultaneously, and, at over 240 million streams, “What Ifs” is the 5th most streamed
country song of all time according to Neilson data.


Last week, Brown revealed “Lose It,” the first single off of his forthcoming sophomore album scheduled to be released November 9th before performing for thousands of country fans during his Nissan Stadium debut at 2018 CMA Music Fest. Written by Brown, Chase McGill and Will Weatherly, the single, “Lose It,” will impact Country radio on June 25 and is available now to stream and download.