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Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett got Cyber Monday started the right way by throwing a double No. 1 party for their recent chart-topping hits.
Monday afternoon (Dec. 2), family, friends and industry peers gathered at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, where Big Machine Label Group honored FGL’s “Round Here” and Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This,” both of which spent multiple weeks atop the country singles charts this year.
Songwriters Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip and Jimmy Robbins continued their remarkable success with “It Goes Like This,” which also gave Rhett the satisfaction of writing a hit for his son, Thomas Rhett.
“This is something you can’t even dream up, really,” Rhett told Country Weekly at the party. “I’ve always wanted to have songs on the radio since I was a kid, but I never dreamed I would have a son who would be in the music business, then write songs with him or for him. Now that it’s happened, it’s still unreal. It feels good to ride down the highway and hear them say, ‘Here’s the new one from Thomas Rhett.’ To hear your own son’s name come out of the speakers and him singing a song that I wrote with my friends is just really, really cool.”
The party was also a special moment for Thomas Rhett, as he was not only celebrating a No. 1 as an artist, but also as a songwriter, having penned “Round Here” with Rodney Clawson and Chris Tompkins.
“I remember getting the demo back on ‘Round Here,’ and the whole day, I knew we had something special,” Thomas said prior to the the party. “I had already finished my record at that point in time, but always loved that song, and it was my wife’s favorite song. I remember being in the middle of nowhere Kansas getting ready to go onstage, and [Florida Georgia Line’s manager] called me to tell me that Brian and Tyler wanted to cut ‘Round Here’ on their first record. ‘Cruise’ was out, and we all knew it was going to be a big song. He asked if I was cool with them cutting it, and I was like, ‘Absolutely!’ I wanted to be a part of this huge wave of success that Florida Georgia Line was having, and I wanted to have a No. 1 with Rodney and Chris, more importantly. They’ve had about a gazillion [No. 1s], so for me to be on one of them, it’s just a very, very special feeling.”
The feeling was mutual with FGL's Brian and Tyler.
“Everything about the song—from the first listen—we fell in love with,” noted Brian. “The whole entire song is filled with hooks, whether it’s guitar parts or melodies, and obviously the lyrical hooks. It’s something that we live out and have lived out, and our fans have lived out. It just stuck with us. When Thomas didn’t cut it, we jumped on it. We are so thankful that he let us cut it, and [our producer] Joey Moi made a hell of a track with it. It doesn’t sound like anything else on the radio. A lot of different elements came together to make all this happen. It’s so cool to see a song be so big. We can take it from here to New York to California and get the same response. That’s crazy, and this one is definitely as special as our first [No. 1].”
Following meeting with the press, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line took the stage with the key people in their careers as they received plaques and awards for their latest successes, while partygoers munched on a spread of assorted snacks. Several notable faces filled the crowd, including hit songwriters Luke Laird, Ashley Gorley, Jaron Boyer and Michael Knox, whose producing credits include Jason Aldean and, of course, Thomas Rhett.