On Thursday, April 5, Walker Hayes was surprised with Platinum certification for his hit, “You Broke Up With Me,” in front of a sold out crowd of more than 2500 fans at PlayStation Theater as part of Kelsea Ballerini’s Unapologetically Tour. The Platinum certification signifies 1 million records sold.
As he was brought to stage by the local radio station, NASH FM, DJs Katie Neal and Jesse Addy introduced him to the packed house as a “13 year overnight success story” and although the first single from his debut album, “You Broke Up With Me,” is now Certified Platinum, Hayes says the long journey to this point is what makes it so special.
“I’m so humbled and excited to get my first Platinum plaque,” Hayes said to his crowd as they roared with applause. “This is because of people like you who are open minded and love my music that doesn’t really fit in a box. This has been a long journey and I’m finally making the music that is true to me, so thank you for listening and buying and showing up.”
Last June, Hayes told CS Country that the smash hit had two different meanings and that the song was really special to him.
“So on the surface, it’s just about a guy who has been dumped and is going back out on the scene and is feeling good about himself. But then his ex shows up, and she is like ‘hey, I want to hang out again,’ and he is like ‘no, I don’t feel guilty because you broke up with me,’” Hayes shared exclusively with Celeb Secrets Country.
“But honestly, it is about the music industry,” he revealed. “I’ve been here 13 years; it has been a long, hard road. What happened was when I lost my last record deal, I lost a lot of friends. A lot of people who I thought were friends just vanished and didn’t want to write anymore, or didn’t want to hang. That hurt my feelings. But when I got signed back and stuff started happening, they came out again. My thought was, ‘hey, I’m sorry I can’t hang, but y’all did break up with me.’ So that is the real sentiment of the song, but I like both. I like the attitude of that phrase, what an empowering thing to say.”
It’s amazing to see how everything has come full circle for Walker and we can’t wait to see what this year has in store for him!