12 Dec Kane Brown’s Self-Titled Album Debuts At #1 With Best Debut Country Album First-Week Sales In 2 Years
Kane Brown’s highly anticipated self-titled debut album debuted No. 1 today on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and Top 10 on the Billboard200 with 51,000 units (45,000 in album sales). With Kane Brown, the breakout singer/songwriter noted for “breaking country’s rules” (Billboard) earns the best-selling debut country album of the past two years and marks the largest country debut for a new artist since Sam Hunt’s Montevallo in 2014. This also marks Sony Music Nashville’s 6th consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in 2016; in fact, all of the label group’s studio releases this year debuted at the top of the chart. Released December 2 on RCA Nashville/Zone 4, the album quickly resonated among fans and critics alike, and is available here.
“I’m so grateful to all the fans, and to Dann Huff, Matt McVaney and the songwriters on the album, who helped me tell my story to the world through this record. A No. 1 Country album is a dream come true, made possible through the hard work of everyone involved,” said Kane Brown.
Initially known for using his rich self-taught baritone to perform Country covers and original songs via his Facebook profile page, Brown independently grew his social fan base to 3-million-plus followers. With the release of his debut album, Brown lands consecutive Top 10 Billboard 200 and back-to-back Top 5 Billboard Country projects in less than a year. Brown’s self-released EP from March 2016, Chapter 1, was highest-debuting Country EP in the SoundScan era and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Country albums chart, No. 9 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums all genre chart, and No.1 on the iTunes Overall all genre Albums and iTunes Country Albums charts- all prior to radio air play.
Hailed as “one of country music’s most promising newcomers” (Music Row), the singer/songwriter co-penned seven of the album’s 11 tracks, including the autobiographical anthem, “Learning,” which “showcases a strength built through his turbulent childhood, and resolve to forgive and move forward.”
Earlier this month, Brown made his national television debut on “Ellen” (12/1) and his morning show debut on NBC’s “TODAY Show” (12/7), and has been featured by USA TODAY, The New York Times, Washington Post, Billboard, People, US Weekly, and Seventeen Magazine. Named a 2016 “Artist To Watch” by Billboard, Rolling Stone, Taste of Country, HITS, and The Huffington Post, the Georgia-native was also selected to Ticketmaster’s first-ever New Music Favorites series which recognizes up-and-coming stand-out talent. After opening for Florida Georgia Line’s 2016 “Dig Your Roots” tour, Brown is now headlining the Kane Brown Monster Energy Outbreak Ain’t No Stopping Us Now Tour through January. Upcoming stops include Indianapolis (12/15), Chicago (12/17), Minneapolis (12/18), Cleveland (12/29), and Los Angeles’ Belasco Theater (1/6). For a full list of tour dates, visit kanebrownmusic.com.
Here are a few key quotes about RCA Nashville/Zone 4’s Kane Brown and his album debut:
“…one of country’s rising stars” – Washington Post
“On the cusp of country music stardom” – Chicago Sun-Times
“His voice is viscous and rich, low and wide like a barge” – The New York Times
“An artist to pay attention to” – Rolling Stone Country
“Viral sensation” – Noisey
“A rich, honest collection of songs that introduces a country singer that’s going to be around for awhile” –Taste of Country
Kane Brown Full Track Listing:
1. Hometown (Tyler Hubbard/Brian Kelley/James McNair/Cameron Montgomery)
2. What Ifs (Kane Brown/Matthew McGinn/Jordan Schmidt)
3. Learning (Kane Brown/Sam Ellis/Blake Anthony Carter)
4. Thunder In The Rain (Kane Brown/Josh Hoge/Matthew McVaney)
5. Pull It Off (Adam Doleac/Taylor Phillips/Matt Roy)
6. Cold Spot (Kane Brown/Tom Douglas/Allen Shamblin)
7. Ain’t No Stopping Us Now (Kane Brown/Jamie Paulin/Jordan Schmidt)
8. Comeback (Mark Fuhrer/Josh Hoge/Matthew McVaney/Chris Young)
9. Rockstars (Brock Berryhill/Tommy Cecil/Morgan Wallen)
10. Better Place (Kane Brown/Chase McGill/Will Weatherly)
11. Granddaddy’s Chair (Kane Brown/Blair Daly/ Josh Johnson/Troy Verges)
Kane Brown is produced by Dann Huff and Matthew McVaney.