Rising country music star Kane Brown now a Guinness World Record holder

Rising country music star Kane Brown now a Guinness World Record holder

Chattanooga-North Georgia area native continues record-breaking run

March 13th, 2018 by Barry Courter in Breaking News
Kane Brown

Kane Brown

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

This story was updated March 13, 2018, at 10:49 p.m.

Kane Brown continues his record-breaking run on the country music charts. In fact, he is now in the Guinness World Records book as the first act to top five U.S. country charts simultaneously.

Brown, who grew up in the Chattanooga-North Georgia area, accomplished the feat in the fall. He was presented with his record certificate at the Sony Music Nashville office in Nashville this week.

"It feels awesome to be a Guinness World Records title holder and to be the first artist to achieve this with Billboard," Brown said in a release. "I remember being in elementary and middle school and looking at the books for all of the records, and I can't believe my name gets to be in there now."

On Oct. 28, 2017, he became the title holder for the first act to top five U.S. country charts simultaneously, including Top Country Albums ("Kane Brown Deluxe Edition"); Country Digital Song Sales ("Heaven"); and Country Airplay, Hot Country Songs, and Country Streaming Songs ("What Ifs" featuring North Georgia native and friend Lauren Alaina).

Brown released his self-titled debut in December 2016 and it remains the country's No. 1 best-selling new-artist album debut since 2014. To date, the album has remained at No. 1 on Billboard Top Country Album chart for eight weeks. And, since its release in December 2016, his debut album has surpassed all country album debuts with the most weeks at No. 1. No other country album has exceeded more than an eight-week run on top of the chart.

The gold-certified current single "Heaven" reached No. 1 for country digital song sales, and is also now No. 1 on Nielsen's On Demand Audio Core Country Streaming chart for a second week and No. 12 on Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase country airplay charts.

"What Ifs" featuring Lauren Alaina, his former middle school choir classmate, topped the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts with 45.9 million audience impressions. Nearly 11 million streams in the United States brought the single to Billboard's Country Streaming Songs list. As 2018's most-streamed song, "What Ifs" has held No. 1 for 18 weeks on Nielsen's On Demand Audio Core Country Streaming chart.

"I attribute my success to my fans for helping me get to where I am today," said Brown, a 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards nominee.

"Music has been a huge part of my life and I feel like it's a part of everyone's. I love to sing and never thought I'd be able to do it and it happened for me."

Brown is nominated for New Male Vocalist of the Year and for Vocal Collaboration for "What Ifs" featuring Lauren Alaina for the ACM Awards that broadcast live April 15 on CBS.


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