Florida Georgia Line's ready to throw a Madison Square Garden-sized party
Posted February 25 2015 - 3:02 PM EST
On Wednesday, Florida Georgia Line-the crossover-prone country act with a hip-hop stomp-is playing Madison Square Garden for the first time to a sold out crowd. The significance of the moment is lost on neither Tyler Hubbard or Brian Kelly. As the latter says, "This is monumental for us-you know, the games that have been played here, the songs that have been sung here, they're still echoing through the hall. We were walking around, checking out just how big this place is. We never thought we'd be here."
Hubbard and Kelly may be the only two people in country who had that thought-though the speed at which they got to this point is certainly surprising. The duo's first hit, "Cruise," became a phenomenon when the guys remixed it with Nelly, setting the record for most weeks at number one on Billboard's Hot Country chart-24 total-as well as garnering the most digital downloads for a country track ever when it broke 6.3 million downloads last year.
In less than two years, FGL has had four number ones on Billboard's Hot Country Songs charts-most recently off their October 2014 full-length, Anything Goes. They've also sold millions of albums and toured with the likes of Jake Owen, Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean, all of whom have had an effect on the band. "You know, Luke and Taylor and Jason have given us tons of great advice, and we watched them, day in and day out, react and be business people, entertainers, artists, and songwriters, and continue to grind," Kelly tells EW. "So I think we're well prepared. You know, we don't want success to define us-we want it to motivate us."
EW sat down with the two before their show to chat nerves, new music, and having throwing NYC a "little party."