Cole Swindell’s Debut Single Goes Gold and Platinum
Cole Swindell's debut single, 'Chillin' It,' from his self-titled freshman album, has been certified a gold and platinum hit -- which was a surprise to the hitmaker.
Swindell went to Nashville's trendy downtown bar, Seen, last week for what he thought was supposed to be a taped appearance of his performance for an upcoming episode of 'CMT Listen Up.' Little did he know the crowd had gathered for a celebration of the success of his debut single, which went quickly from gold status -- signifying sales of 500,000 units -- to platinum status for sales over one million units.
"You only get a first single once," an excited Swindell told the crowd (quote via CMT). "The fact that it was accepted by not only radio but over one million fans is beyond anything I could ever have dreamed up. This is something I will never forget."
The Georgia native says he knew the song, which he co-wrote with Shane Minor, was the perfect lead-off single.
"The folks who are buying music just want to have fun," he notes, "and 'Chillin’ It' is the perfect song to introduce me to them. It isn't a full-out party song, and it isn't serious. Like it says, it's just a chill song, and that's just me."