Sam Hunt has broken the record for the longest-ever reign on Billboard’s 58-year-old Hot Country Songs chart with his mega-hit ‘Body Like A Back Road.’ The song, written by Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and its producer Zach Crowell, moves into its 25th week at No. 1 on the 12 August survey, overtaking Florida Georgia Line’s 24-week run with ‘Cruise’ in 2012 and 2013.
‘Body Like A Back Road’ also had three weeks atop Billboard’s Country Airplay chart in May. The magazine reports that as a recurrent, the song had an audience of 34.1 million in the week ending 30 July. The country publication Roughstock reports that ‘Road’ has equivalent unit sales of 1.3 million in America.
Before Hunt took over, Florida Georgia Line had broken a record that had held for more than 51 years of the history of the chart, overtaking Leroy Van Dyke’s 19 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 from September 1961.
The track is yet to be available on an album, being released as a stand-alone single in early February after the huge success of Hunt’s debut set Montevallo, which also now has US sales of 1.3 million, according to Nielsen Music. His previous longest run at the Hot Country Songs summit was 11 weeks from February 2015 with ‘Take Your Time.’
Hunt’s 15 In A 30 tour, which began in early June and is titled after a lyric in ‘Body Like A Back Road,’ continues on 10 August in Chula Vista, California, with guests Maren Morris and Chris Janson. Dates continue until 18 October.
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