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Hunt doubles up

Thursday, February 12, 2015 – Scoring a chart double, Sam Hunt leapfrogged to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 21 with "Take Your Time." Hunt was fifth last week and knocked out Luke Bryan's "I See You," which fell to second. Hunt also was first on the Top Country Albums chart for a second straight week with "Montevallo."

This is Hunt's second number one single as he reached the top with "Leave the Night On."

Jason Aldean was second on the albums chart with "Old Boots, New Dirt." Carrie Underwood was again third with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." Florida Georgia Line was fourth with "Anything Goes," while Eric Church was up four to fifth with "The Outsiders."

Miranda Lambert was seventh, up three, with "Platinum." Zac Brown was 10th, up 3, with "Greatest Hits So Far..." Dierks Bentley was at 14, moving up 12 spots with "Riser." Little Big Town was at 15 with "Pain Killer," up 3. Cole Swindell was at 20 with his self-titled disc, inching up 3. Tim McGraw also was up 3, to 21, with "Sundown Heaven Town." Lady Antebellum's "747" flew up 3 to 22nd. "The Best of Me" soundtrack debuted at 23. Thomas Rhett was at 23 with "It Goes Like This," up 3.

Florida Georgia Line was again third on the songs chart with "Sun Daze." Rhett's "Make Me Wanna" was fourth with Blake Shelton's "Lonely Tonight" featuring Ashley Monroe fifth.

Heartland is back on the chart again in time for Valentine's Day with "I Loved Her First" seventh. The song was first a hit in 2006. The rest of the chart had little movement with Miranda Lambert's "Little Red Wagon" the only new song in the top 25. Lambert moved up 4 to 24.

Punch Brothers topped the Bluegrass Albums chart again with "The Phosphorescent Blues." Ralph Stanley & Friends stayed second with "Man of Constant Sorrow." The "Bluegrass Gospel" compilation was third, The Devil Makes Three fourth with "I'm a Stranger Here," and Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn fifth with their self-titled disc.

On the overall top 200, Hunt was 18th, Underwood 27th, Aldean 30th, Bryan 36th and Florida Georgia Line 37th. The top 200 and country charts have different criteria, which is why the order is different.

Several artists presumably benefitted from being on the Grammys.

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Southside CD review - Southside
There are some interesting moments on Sam Hunt's "Southside" album, but interesting doesn't always equal good. The single "Hard To Forget" samples Webb Pierce's "There Stands The Glass," one of country music's best and most enduring drinking songs. It's ironic, though, how Hunt needed to sample an old country song in order to incorporate any hint of actual country music into his album. Interesting, yes, but it may make you reach back for a »»»
Montevallo CD review - Montevallo
It's no secret that the genre of country music has been growing and expanding in definition over the past several years, from the bombastic arena rocking fury of early Garth Brooks to more recent days and acts like Florida Georgia Line, further blurring the lines of country and other genres. Finding traditional country themes and vibes to merge along the rivers of hip-hop, R&B and pop, the picking is ripe for rising artists like Sam Hunt and his debut recording, "Montevallo. »»»
X2C CD review - X2C
Sam Hunt is riding the country charts with "Leave the Night On," a rather surprising occurrence considering that the Georgia native has extremely little to do with what remotely constitutes country music on this four song EP. Hunt has gained some acclaim as a song writer, having penned Kenny Chesney's "Come Over," Keith Urban's "Cop Car" and Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight." Hunt fits in perhaps only because of the crossover sounds »»»