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Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” Sets All-Time Country Sales Record

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Baby, you a song that made millions want to roll their windows down.

“Cruise,” the breakthrough smash from duo Florida Georgia Line, has officially set the country genre’s all-time digital sales record.

Billboard, which reported the story Monday, notes that the smash reached a total of 6.33 million paid downloads this past week. Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” the previous record holder, now claims second place on the strength of 6.27 million digital sales.

After an impressive initial run within the country genre, “Cruise” was remixed with a poppier hook and a contribution from mainstream rapper Nelly. Buzz over the remix, combined with ongoing momentum for the original version, helped the song become a bona fide multi-format sensation.

According to Billboard, remix purchases account for 39.5% of the song’s overall digital sales total.

Following “Cruise” and “Need You Now,” the next strongest country sellers are Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” (5.66 million), The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” (4.74 million) and Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” (4.41 million).

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

Contact Brian at brian.cantor[at]headlineplanet.com.

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