‘Catch of the Day’ – Florida Georgia Line – “Smooth” [VIDEO]
Today we turn our attention to a duo that just lost their claim to having the single that spent the most weeks at #1 in country music history. But that won’t slow down this pair of alumni of Belmont University in Nashville, they will just reach back to their ‘Roots‘ and continue to ‘Cruise’.
Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, better known as Florida Georgia Line, are unarguably the most successful country music duo of the current decade. Starting in 2013, when there were named the Academy of Country Music’s New Artist and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, accolades have poured in for the pair at a record pace. In the four years that have followed, the pair earned 27 nods from the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, American Music Awards, Canadian Country Music Awards or, Billboard Music Awards.
Kelley and Hubbard met while attending Belmont University in 2008, while participating in a campus worship group. Kelley had recently transferred to Belmont from Florida State University, where he had been on a baseball scholarship. But it was becoming apparent to him his future lay elsewhere, so Kelley transferred tp Belmont. Soon after meeting, Hubbard ands Kelley began working on music together, and after graduating, gave themselves two years to make it in the business, becoming roommates, working odd jobs to support their music.
The duo recorded their first EP independently, 2010’s Anything Like Me. While playing at a county fair, they were discovered by producer Joey Moi, who previously had worked with Nickleback, who started working with the pair in the studio, resulting in the 2012 EP It’z Just What We Do. The EP included the song “Cruise“, which began to get airplay on satellite radio and would begin selling on iTunes, leading to Kelley and Hubbard signing with Republic Nashville and the Big Machine Record Group. The song would go onto spend 24 weeks atop the Country Digital Streaming and Downloads chart, surpassing the more than 50-year old record set by Leroy Van Dyke when he spent 20 weeks at #1 with “Walk On By” in 1962. FLG’s record stood until just this week when Sam Hunt’s “Body Like A Back Road” spent it’s 25th week atop the same chart. In 2016, “Cruise” became the first, and still only, single in history to receive digital diamond certification, for downloads of more than 10 millions units.
During this decade, FGL has released three albums and 2 EP, which have produced 13 singles, 12 of which have gone to #1. The lone “blemish”, the title track from their second album Anything Goes, “flopped” peaking at #3. 11 of their singles have been certified platinum, as have their first two album; their current album, Dig Your Roots, has recently received its gold certification. The first three singles from the album have made it to number one, and we have the fourth single in our spotlight today.
Brought to you by All American Super Car Wash of Lawton, the latest from Florida Georgia Line, “Smooth” is today’s Catch of the Day, new music you haven’t heard, but you’ll want to hear it again.
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Today’s Key Word: “SMOOTH”