Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line have reason to celebrate while out in Las Vegas for the ACM Awards, even before the show takes place. The duo received word that its debut country single, “Cruise,” has been certified Diamond by the RIAA, making it the first country song to receive the certification.
Diamond certification is awarded to singles and albums that reach ten times Platinum status, meaning they have been sold or streamed ten million times. Streams were added to the calculation for certification earlier this year, making each on-demand audio or video stream equivalent to one track sale. Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” remix featuring Nelly has been reported by Nielsen Music as having 7.48 million track sales, while the song has been streamed more than 155,000,000 times, according to Big Machine Records.
By achieving this honor, Florida Georgia Line joins artists such as Elton John, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and Imagine Dragons as the coveted Diamond-certified single holders.
Florida Georgia Line shared the news on social media, thanking fans for their support over the years:
Huge thank you to all of YOU. It’s because of y’all that Cruise is the first country song EVER to be certified Diamond! Meaning it’s gone Platinum ten times! This is beyond our wildest dreams and we feel so blessed. #countrymusic#bestfans
Congratulations to Kelley and Hubbard on this huge accomplishment!