Cameron Montgomery Dann Huff 3:23 2. "What Ifs" (featuring Lauren Alaina) Kane Brown Matthew McGinn
Kane Brown Studio album by Kane Brown Released December 2, 2016 (2016-12-02) Genre Country Length 35:55 Label RCA Nashville Producer
- Dann Huff
- Matthew McVaney
Kane Brown chronology Chapter 1
(2016)Chapter 12016 Kane Brown
(2016) Singles from Kane Brown
- "Ain't No Stopping Us Now"
Released: June 17, 2016
- "Thunder in the Rain"
Released: August 22, 2016
- "What Ifs"
Released: February 6, 2017
Released: November 13, 2017
Kane Brown is the debut studio album by American country music singer Kane Brown. The album was released on December 2, 2016, through RCA Records Nashville. Singles released from the album are "Ain't No Stopping Us Now", "Thunder in the Rain" and "What Ifs". An expanded deluxe edition of the album was released October 6, 2017 featuring four new tracks. The album and songs from the album reached number one simultaneously on all five main Billboard country charts, a first for any artist. "Heaven" was released as the album's first from the re-release, fourth overall.
- 1 Background
- 2 Critical reception
- 3 Commercial performance
- 4 Track listing
- 5 Charts and certifications
- 5.1 Weekly charts
- 5.2 Year-end charts
- 5.3 Certifications
- 6 References
Brown co-wrote seven of the eleven tracks in the album. According to Brown, the album is "pretty much autobiography", with songs that detailed his childhood and the hard time he had growing up, "from bullying to being broke to child abuse". For example, "Learning" describes the abuse he suffered at the hands of his stepfather, and the discrimination he faced because of the color of his skin. He collaborated with Lauren Alaina, a friend from high school who had encouraged Brown to sing, on "What Ifs".
The album also features tracks co-written by Chris Young and Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley. The album was produced largely by Dann Huff. Huff originally only intended to produce two tracks for the album, but decided to become more involved after hearing the track "Learning".
The album was generally well received by music critics. Matt Bjorke of Roughstock thought that Brown had crafted a country album that blended "quite a few flavors", judged the second half of Kane Brown to be stronger "with better hooks and lyrics", and overall the album is "a strong mainstream start to an already promising career". Laura Hostelley of Sounds Like Nashville similarly found "the diversity displayed in Brown’s freshman record begins to unravel him and all of the talent that he has to offer", and that the showed "how far Brown has come and the bright future he still has in front of him". Billy Duke of Taste of Country thought Brown "a more convincing storyteller now" and the songs better produced than his previous efforts, and that the album is "a rich, honest collection of songs that introduces a country singer that's going to be around for awhile, with or without radio’s support". Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic noted the diversity of sounds in the album that blended hip-hop, R&B and country-pop, but felt that while versatile, Brown was "attempting whatever sound that might land him on the charts", nevertheless thought that "there's just enough variety of sounds to keep things interesting and it all goes down smooth."
The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 at number 10 with 51,000 units, 45,000 of which were pure album sales. It also debuted at number one on the Top Country Albums chart. The album later reached a peak of number five on the Billboard 200 in October 2017 following the release of the deluxe edition with 26,000 copies sold (43,000 units). It also returned to number one on Top Country Albums, and a track "Heaven" from the deluxe edition (for which a video was released) became the best selling digital song. The same week the single from the album "What Ifs" also reached number one on multiple charts, and Brown became the first artist to have simultaneous number ones on all five main country charts – Top Country Albums, Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, Country Digital Song Sales and Country Streaming Songs.
The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on November 8, 2017. It was fifth best-selling country album of 2017, with 297,800 copies (503,000 album-equivalent units) sold. it has sold 384,500 copies in the United States as of May 2018.
Track listing No. Title Writer(s) Producer Length 1. "Hometown"
- Tyler Hubbard
- Brian Kelley
- James McNair
- Cameron Montgomery
Dann Huff 3:23 2. "What Ifs" (featuring Lauren Alaina)
- Kane Brown
- Matthew McGinn
- Jordan Schmidt
Huff 3:08 3. "Learning"
- Sam Ellis
- Blake Anthony Carter
Huff 3:22 4. "Thunder in the Rain"
- Josh Hoge
- Matthew McVaney
McVaney 2:46 5. "Pull It Off"
- Adam Doleac
- Taylor Phillips
- Matt Roy
Huff 3:00 6. "Cold Spot"
- Tom Douglas
- Allen Shamblin
Huff 3:38 7. "Ain't No Stopping Us Now"
- Jamie Paulin
- Jordan Schmidt
McVaney 3:03 8. "Comeback"
- Mark Fuhrer
- Josh Hoge
- Chris Young
McVaney 2:46 9. "Rockstars"
- Brock Berryhill
- Tommy Cecil
- Morgan Wallen
Huff 3:20 10. "Better Place"
- Chase McGill
- Will Weatherly
Huff 3:44 11. "Granddaddy's Chair"
- Blair Daly
- Josh Johnson
- Troy Verges
Huff 3:45 Total length: 35:55
Deluxe edition (bonus tracks) No. Title Writer(s) Producer Length 12. "Setting the Night on Fire" (with Chris Young)
- Corey Crowder
Huff 3:21 13. "What's Mine Is Yours"
Huff 3:36 14. "Found You"
- Jared Mullins
Huff 3:11 15. "Heaven"
- Lindsay Rimes
Huff 2:57 Charts and certifications Weekly charts Chart (2016–17) Peak
position Australian Albums (ARIA) 60 Canadian Albums (Billboard) 25 US Billboard 200 5 US Top Country Albums (Billboard) 1 Year-end charts Chart (2017) Position US Billboard 200 51 Certifications Region Certification Certified units/Sales United States (RIAA) Platinum 384,500
sales+streaming figures based on certification alone
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- ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 17, 2017). "Top 30 Digital Country Chart: October 17, 2017". Roughstock.
- ^ a b "American album certifications – Kane Brown – Kane Brown". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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Kane Brown Studio albums
- Closer (2015)
- Chapter 1 (2016)
- "Don't Go City on Me"
- "Used to Love You Sober"
- "What Ifs"