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Country Star Sam Hunt Takes His Time At No. 1

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MCA Nashville artist Sam Hunt’s ‘Take Your Time’ has become only the 16th single in history to achieve ten weeks at the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

The love song, which includes spoken word elements, continues its reign on the current survey, dated April 25. It also climbs back 23-22 on the Hot 100, having previously peaked at No. 20. A total of 15 songs have previously managed a run of ten weeks or longer in the 57-year history of the country singles chart.

‘Take Your Time’ is the longest-running No. 1 on the countdown since last year, when Jason Aldean’s ‘Runnin’ It Down’ started a sequence in August that continued for 14 weeks. The longest-running country chart-topper is Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Cruise,’ which began an extraordinary 24-week stint in December 2012.

Hunt, who hails from Cedartown, Georgia, co-wrote ‘Take Your Time’ with Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally. It’s the follow-up to ‘Leave The Night On,’ which also reached No. 1 on Hot Country Songs; both tracks are from his debut album ‘Montevallo,’ which was released in the US last October and debuted at No. 1 on Top Country Albums, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Hunt has gained great prominence with his genre-blending style of country music, reflected in the fact that among his favourite artists, he cites not only Conway Twitty but Usher and R. Kelly. In March, he visited Europe for the C2C Country to Country Festival, and will join Lady Antebellum and Hunter Hayes on the Wheels Up 2015 tour in North America.

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