Hunter Hayes Earns Three New RIAA Certifications
Hunter Hayes has earned new RIAA certifications for three of his recent singles.
The Louisiana native's “I Want Crazy” has sold over two million copies since its release, officially reaching double-platinum status. Two of Hayes' other songs -- “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” and “Invisible” -- have also reached gold status, each selling over 500,000 copies.
Hayes says that getting big sales numbers isn't his main goal, but it feels good to know that so many people have connected with his music.
“As a musician, you always hope your songs connect, whether it’s with one person or 100 people or even thousands,” he says in a press release. “To know that this many people went out and bought these songs and are playing my music -- it’s the best feeling in the world. It means we’re in this together, and I’m so grateful for that.”
Hayes was recently recognized by YouTube as one of 50 artists with the best fan engagement on the platform over the last six months, alongside Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Meghan Trainor, Miley Cyrus, One Direction, OK Go, Rihanna, Charli XCX, Sia, Sam Smith and others.
While preparing to hit the road with Lady Antebellum for their Wheels Up 2015 Tour, Hayes has also been working on the follow-up to his 2014 album, Storyline, but he's being careful not to share too many details about the project.
“I’ll say this: I’m in the studio, and … when I’m in the studio, I’m very cautious about it because if there’s one thing that can destroy music being made, it’s any sort of agenda, expectation and / or schedule or any of that,” Hayes tells The Boot. “Every time I’ve gone in to create music and felt free and felt like I was actually creating something, it’s turned out something I’m really proud of, so I try to keep that as a tradition. But I’m in the studio, so there you go."
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