On Wednesday (June 13), Kane Brown celebrated a multitude of successes with friends and industry members during a rooftop party held at the Sony Nashville offices.
Brown’s self-titled debut album was celebrated for being certified Platinum by the RIAA. He also recently earned his second No. 1 country song as an artist, for “Heaven”—the track has also gone double-Platinum.
The rooftop party featured six plaques, each commemorating a newly-reached milestone since his debut album released in 2017.
In addition to album milestone and “Heaven” certification, Brown’s collaboration with Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs,” has reached triple Platinum status. Two non-radio singles, “There Goes My Everything” and “Found You,” have reached Gold status.
“Have you seen a better backdrop for a No. 1 party?” said BMI’s Bradley Collins.
Sony Music Nashville’s Chairman & CEO Randy Goodman set the tone for the momentous occasion, calling the “cumulative stats are stunning, if not staggering.”
BMI songwriter Shy Carter, SESAC songwriter Matt McGinn and BMI/APRA songwriter Lindsay Rimes were also recognized for writing the No. 1 hit “Heaven.” The event was hosted by BMI, SESAC, and APRA.
Producer Dann Huff reflected on his time in the studio with Brown.
“I get very involved in the details,” Huff offered. “I remember when I first started working with Kane, really all the feedback I would get is ‘sick.’ At first I didn’t know if that was good or bad,” he quipped.
Rimes, who moved to Nashville from his native Australia three years ago, was celebrating his very first No. 1 song.
“Thank you for writing with me. Kane, you changed my life with this song. This is perfect,” he quipped, referring to a line in “Heaven.”
“Heaven” marks the second country No. 1 for writer Shy Carter, who also penned the pop smash “One Call Away” for Charlie Puth.
Carter also offered a shout-out to BMG’s Chris Oglesby. “That’s my dawg. Everybody sign with Chris Oglesby.”
“I’m very blessed. We sat by the lake and wrote this…now we got plaques and stuff.”
He also complimented producer Dann Huff. “I was in New York when I heard the final [version]. I know when it goes to Dann Huff, it’s money,” before literally dropping the mic.
Brown, in his typical humble fashion, gave credit to his tight-knit group of co-writers. “I have core writers and thank you for writing with me and for being in my circle.”
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 fifth most-streamed country song of all time according to Nielsen data.
“This is a historic moment,” said SMACK’s Robin Palmer.
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