On Sunday (July 4), Young shared a photo of himself holding up 1 finger to celebrate his single “Famous Friends” going No. 1. “Famous Friends” features Kane Brown and was co-written by Young alongside Corey Crowder and Cary Barlowe.
“Finding out you have the number one song in Country Music is such a crazy feeling. My career started with a #37 #52 #37 in that order,” Young captioned his Instagram photo, celebrating his 12th No. 1 single. “If you had asked me if I ever thought I’d be celebrating my 12th number one… just wow… no words.”
Young later added that he is thrilled to share this No. 1 hit with his longtime friend, Brown, saying, “Kane Brown so proud to share this one with you brother!”
He continued to thank his fan, co-writers, producers and country radio for allowing his single to top the charts.
“Thank you to anyone reading this,” Young added. “Corey Crowder, Cary Barlowe (my co-writers and CC is my coproducer), and all of Country Radio for sending this one to the top!!! #FamousFriends #numberone”
The superstar pairing comes as a “full circle” moment for Brown as he previously admitted that Young “really helped” him find his “voice” and is ultimately who “got him into singing.” Since the song was written, Young said there was no one else he’d rather have on the track than his own famous friend Kane Brown.
“He was the first person that popped in my head,” Young revealed in an interview with WIN 98.5. “I was like, ‘I want to do this, I want to add somebody else to this and it’d be really cool if it was me and Kane,’ because I’ve guested on his stuff before, but I’ve never had him guest on something of mine.” Young continued to explained, “The biggest thing for me, as far as why I asked Kane, is because we ARE friends and it extends further than just the ‘Hey, you’re friends, because you’re both in music together.’ He really liked my music, and he had been writing with some mutual friends of ours, and they kind of put us together in the writing room. So I met him a long time ago, actually, I think before he was on Sony.”
Young continued to share that it “was really cool” to get to know Brown and to have “that basis of a friendship, especially for a moment like this, where it kind of comes full circle.”
Young released the duet with Brown in late November 2020, the song finds both Brown and Young trading vocals while dropping the names of some of their “famous friends” and the three counties that mean a lot to them including Rutherford County in Young’s hometown of Murfreesboro, TN, Kane’s hometown of Hamilton County (on the Tennessee and Georgia border) and Davidson County which is Nashville where both of the singers currently live.