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Kane Brown Surprised with “What Ifs” Gold Plaque As Hit Song Breaks Top 20 of Country Airplay Charts

Kane Brown, whose self-titled album remains the genre’s best-selling new artist debut of the past two and half years, reaches two career milestones today with his breakout single, “What Ifs.” Co-written by Brown, Matt McGinn and  Jordan Schmidt and featuring Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs” is Top 20-and-climbing at Country radio and has been officially certified GOLD by the RIAA. “What Ifs” marks the singer/songwriter’s second RIAA Gold-certified single and his first Top 20 hit. His debut single, “Used to Love You Sober,” was certified GOLD earlier this year.
Kane Brown was surprised by the RIAA, Sony Music Nashville and WME executives and staff and industry guests earlier today in celebration of the certification. The Academy of Country Music New Male Vocalist and CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year nominee first released his debut album in December 2016 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and Top 10 on the Billboard 200 charts. The album earned Brown the fourth best-selling new artist debut in album sales across all genres. “What Ifs,” Kane’s current single off Kane Brown, has dominated the country streaming charts with more than 66 million streams to date. Kane Brown is produced by Matt McVanay and 9-time ACM Award-winning producer/musician Dann Huff.

Pictured here, left to right, at Kane Brown’s Surprise “What Ifs” RIAA Gold Certification Event are: WME’s Braeden Rountree, EFG Management’s Martha Earls, Kane Brown, RIAA Director of Communication and Gold & Platinum Awards Program Liz Kennedy and Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Randy Goodman.
(Photo credit: Alan Poizner)

Hailed as “one of country music’s most promising newcomers” (Music Row), Brown has been featured by “Ellen,” NBC’s “TODAY Show,” “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” USA TODAY, The New York Times, Washington Post, Billboard, People, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan and Seventeen Magazine. He has been named an “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. In addition to headlining the Monster Energy Outbreak Ain’t No Stopping Us Now and the Hometown Proud Tours, Brown has earned opening slots for Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean. For a full list of current tour dates, visit

Pictured here, left to right, are: Universal Music Publishing Group’s Kent Earls, Sony Music Nashville’s Jim Catino, Ken Robold and Randy Goodman; EFG Management’s Martha Earls; Kane Brown; and, Sony Music Nashville’s Steve Hodges; and, WME’s Braeden Rountree and Rob Beckham. (Photo credit: Alan Poizner)


Pictured here, left to right, are: Sony Music Nashville’s Jim Catino, Caryl Healey, Ken Robold and Randy Goodman; EFG Management’s Martha Earls; Kane Brown; RIAA Director of Communications and Gold & Platinum Program Liz Kennedy; and, Sony Music Nashville’s Steve Hodges and Alaina Vehec. (Photo credit: Alan Poizner)