Breakthrough star Kane Brown just received word that the Recording Industry Association of America is adding not one, but two awards to his tally: Brown’s self-titled debut album and hit single “Heaven” both have earned official Platinum certification for reaching the one million unit threshold of total physical sales, downloads and on-demand audio and/or video stream equivalents.
On the heels of achieving a 10th week at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and returning to the Top 20 of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart today, Brown’s debut becomes the sole country album to earn RIAA Platinum certification since its release in December 2016. 2018’s most-streamed country release has topped Billboard’s album consumption chart for 8 out of 11 weeks year-to-date. For the period since its debut, Kane Brown has held the #1 position for the most weeks of any country album and is available HERE.
“Heaven” is Brown’s third track to achieve Platinum or Multi-Platinum certification. “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina became Double-Platinum in January and “Used to Love You Sober” became Platinum in February. The last single to achieve Platinum-certification at quicker pace than “Heaven” was Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” in June 2017.
“Heaven” maintains a fifth #1 consecutive week stronghold on Nielsen’s On Demand Audio Core Country Streaming chart this week. Also, its Top 10 airplay ascent continues as the single, produced by award-winning producer Dann Huff and co-written by Matthew McGinn, Lindsay Rimes and Shy Carter, rises to #6 on Country Aircheck/Mediabase and #7 on Billboard charts. The video clip of “Heaven, directed by Alex Alvga, has exceeded 65 million YouTube/VEVO views and is #6 on the all-genre VEVO Weekly Video Chart. View the video of “Heaven” HERE.
Kane Brown first topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with the release of his self-titled debut album in 2016 and again with the release of Kane Brown Deluxe Edition in 2017, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and Top 5 on Billboard 200 Charts. That same week, the singer-songwriter became the first-ever artist to top all 5 Billboard Country Charts with his breakthrough #1 Top Country Album; #1 debuting Country Digital Song, “Heaven”; and #1 Country Airplay, Hot Country Song and Country Streaming Song, the Double-Platinum “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina. In fact, Brown was awarded a Guinness World Record for becoming the first act to top five U.S. country charts simultaneously.
Recently announced as a performer on the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards airing live on CBS on April 15, 8/7 pm Central Time, Kane Brown is a double nominee. The 24-year-old entertainer is up for ACM’s New Male Vocalist and Vocal Event of the Year for “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina, an 18-week #1 on Nielsen’s On Demand Audio Core Country Streaming chart and 2018’s most-streamed song.