Chris Young & Kane Brown earned a another Platinum certification!
The country superstar’s chart-topping hit “Famous Friends,” which was co-written by Young alongside Corey Crowder and Cary Barlowe, has officially been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Young took to social media on Tuesday (Oct. 5) to share the exciting achievement.
“It’s official you guys! ‘Famous Friends’ is platinum!!!” Young tweeted. “Still constantly grateful for all the love you all show my music! #cheers @kanebrown”
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) October 5, 2021
The news comes just months after Young scored his 12th No. 1 hit with the track, which he previously shared he is “proud” to share with his good friend, Brown.
Upon hearing the news of “Famous Friends” going No. 1 on July 4, Young took to social media to share a photo of himself holding up 1 finger to celebrate the single going No. 1.
“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 co-producer), 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.”
The duet, which was released in late November 2020, 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.
The track appears on Young’s latest album of the same name, Famous Friends, a 14-track project that includes the aforementioned duet with Kane Brown. In addition to “Famous Friends” and “At The End Of A Bar,” the album also features several previously released tracks, including “Raised on Country,” “Drowning” and “Town Ain’t Big Enough,” a song which features Lauren Alaina.
The album’s title comes after the success of its lead single, according to Young.
“This song has really made a name for itself with how much people love it,” Young previously told PEOPLE of the track. “Going into the album launch right here in the heat of the summer with a song that’s becoming one of the songs of the summer, it made a lot of sense to call this Famous Friends.”
The eighth studio album marked Young’s first new album since the release of his 2017 project, Losing Sleep.
Additionally, Young is gearing up to hit the road on his Famous Friends Tour with special guests Tenpenny and Callista Clark. The tour, which will play 12 arenas and amphitheaters, kicks off on October 21 in Little Rock, Arkansas’ First Security Amphitheater and wraps up on December 5 in Uncasville, CT.
Tickets are on-sale now at ChrisYoungCountry.com, all shows will comply with all local health guidelines.
Famous Friends Tour Dates
October 21 – Little Rock, AR – First Security Amphitheater+
October 22 – New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Amphitheater+
October 23 – Grand Prairie, TX – Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie#
November 4 – Rapid City, SD – Summit Arena at The Monument+
November 5 – Rochester, MN – Mayo Civic Center Arena+
November 6 – Bemidji, MN – Sanford Center+
November 11 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre+
November 12 – Baton Rouge, LA – Raising Cane’s River Center+
November 13 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater+
November 18 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center+
November 19 – Coralville, IA – Xtream Arena+
November 20 – Dekalb, IL – Northern Illinois University – Convocation Center+
December 5 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena^
+ with Mitchell Tenpenny and Callista Clark
# with Mitchell Tenpenny, Matt Stell and Callista Clark
^ with Payton Smith