Track tops Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase charts this week
Friends and RCA Records Nashville labelmates Chris Young and Kane Brown are spending a second consecutive week at the top of the Country Aircheck/Mediabase country radio chart with their hit song, “Famous Friends,” which also takes the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s country radio chart this week. The single is only the fifth to spend multiple weeks at No. 1 in 2021 and marks the 12th career No. 1 for Young and the sixth for Brown. “Famous Friends” is also Young’s 10th chart-topper as a songwriter.
Written by Young with Cary Barlowe and Corey Crowder from a headline tour stop in Tampa in 2018, the autobiographical song mentions Rutherford County, where Young grew up in Tennessee, and Brown’s hometown of Hamilton County along with Nashville’s Davidson County. In addition, the song took home the trophy for Collaborative Video of the Year at the CMT Music Awards and is already a No. 1 smash on SiriusXM’s The Highway, Music Row’s CountryBreakout radio chart and a three week No. 1 on Canadian country radio.
An anthemic tribute to the names, faces, and legendary stories that make up each hometown, “Famous Friends” is Chris and Kane’s first collaboration since working together on Brown’s 2017 song “Setting the Night On Fire.” Additionally, the song reunites the former tour mates from Young’s 2018 Losing Sleep Headlining Tour — which included a sold out hometown show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena — and is a full-circle moment since Brown’s first live concert experience as a young country fan was a Brad Paisley and Chris Young tour stop.
With nearly five billion career streams in addition to his 12 No. 1 singles, Young is also getting ready to release his highly anticipated eighth studio album Famous Friends on August 6th. The 14-song project features several more of Young’s famous friends, including collaborations with Lauren Alaina and Mitchell Tenpenny, plus background vocals from Sarah Buxton and Hillary Lindsey.