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Single by Duo with Monroe Roots Goes Gold

“Cruise,” the debut single of Florida Georgia Line, the duo of Monroe native Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida, sold more than 500,000 copies in just five months.

Referring to the duo as “Nashville’s hot country rock duo,” Big Machine Label Group reported last week that Florida Georgia Line’s debut single has received its Gold certification. This was after the single, “Cruise,” sold more than 500,000 copies in just five months. The duo is made up of Tyler Hubbard from Monroe, Ga., and Brian Kelley of Ormond Beach, Fla.

Florida Georgia Line was in New York City kicking off the “CMT On Tour” on Oct. 10 when they received the news. The music duo got some help recently when music superstars Taylor Swift and Keith Urban both tweeted their fondness for the song. Big Machine Music Label Group reported that the single reached a high when it sold more than 10,000 copies in just one day.

FGL brings a fresh sound to the genre that combines electrifying, hard-driving rock with honest, expressive lyrics. “Cruise” is featured on their EP It’z Just What We Do produced by Joey Moi. With energetic live shows and compelling tunes, it’s no wonder that FGL has previously gained the attention of other headlining acts – Brantley Gilbert and the annual Country Throwdown Tour – as well as rave reviews from the inaugural “CMT On Tour” stop. 

                                                                Big Machine Music Label Group

When he heard the news, Hubbard posted the following on his his Facebook page.

 I'd like to dedicate my first plaque to the man that believed In me before anybody. My dad can't be here to help me hang it on my wall but I know he's smiling down. Who would have ever thought when I was keeping him up at night recording songs with my buddies when I was 16 that I would have a gold record in my future. I'm overwhelmed with blessings. What a humbling experience. I love and miss u everyday dad. Next plaque will be platinum.

Hubbard's father, Roy, died in a helicopter crash on his property in Walton County on Feb. 24, 2007. Hubbard's family still live in the Monroe area.

As well as writing music for and performing as one half of the Florida Georgia Line duo, Hubbard also writes songs for other top country musicians. "Black Tears," that appears on the latest Jason Aldean album, was co-written by Hubbard and Canaan Smith.

Florida Georgia Line's single "Cruise" remains in the top 5 on iTunes charts. The duo is currently on tour and playing to sold out crowds across the country. They have three concerts in Georgia between now and the end of the year, one in Rome on Oct. 25, another at Wild Bills on Nov. 9 and Savannah on Nov. 10.

Information about Florida Georgia Line can be found on their Facebook Page. The song can be downloaded on iTunes and information about tour dates, locations and tickets can be found on the official website.

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