Hunt returns to the top
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
– Sam Hunt will return to the top of the Billboard country albums chart when it is released on Thursday with "Montevallo."
The disc sold 31,000 units, up 11 percent, good enough for seventh on the chart. This marks the highest ranking for Hunt's debut since its debut week on Nov. 15, 2014 in third.
Hunt could have benefitted from winning video of the year at the CMT Awards last Wednesday for "Leave the Night On." He also performed his single "House Party."
British rock band Muse tops the chart with "Drones," which sold 84,000 units.
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