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Chris Young's 'Over' Not Getting Old; AMAs Boost Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt

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Carrie Underwood performs onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Chris Young's "I'm Comin' Over" tops Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated Dec. 12) for a third week (50.5 million audience impressions, down 3 percent, according to Nielsen Music). Co-written by Young, the single is his second three-week leader, following 2010's "The Man I Want to Be" and just the fourth such No. 1 in 2015. It follows Kenny Chesney's "Save It for a Rainy Day," which dominated for three weeks in October; Zac Brown Band's "Homegrown," which ruled for three weeks in April; and Tim McGraw's "Shotgun Rider," which wrapped its three-week command on the Jan. 10 chart.

"Over" is the launch single from Young's album of the same name, which became his first No. 1 on the Dec. 12 Top Country Albums chart.

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ALBUM ACTION: Chris Stapleton's debut LP, Traveller, returns to the summit on Top Country Albums (2-1), up by 16 percent to 49,000 sold. It debuted at No. 2 on the May 23 list with 27,000 copies and flew 25-1 on the Nov. 21-dated chart after the Nov. 4 Country Music Association Awards, selling 153,000 (up 6,412 percent). The same week, it re-entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 (177,000 equivalent album units).

The set's new radio single, "Nobody to Blame," jumps 29-27 on Country Airplay (10 million, up 9 percent).

Carrie Underwood's Storyteller strides 4-2 on Top Country Albums with 28,000 sold (up 69 percent), bolstered by her win at the American Music Awards (Nov. 22) for favorite female country artist and her performance of new single "Heartbeat." The track re-enters Hot Country Songs at No. 35.

Sam Hunt, who won the new artist of the year award at the AMAs, steps 8-5 on Top Country Albums with Montevallo. It's up 53 percent to 17,000 and has sold 879,000 to date. "Break Up in a Small Town," the album's fourth single, lifts 3-2 on Hot Country Songs. It also tops Country Streaming Songs for a second frame (3.9 million U.S. streams, up 4 percent). "Town" follows the Hot Country Songs No. 1s "Leave the Night On," "Take Your Time" and "House Party." 

NEW CLASSICS: Country Digital Songs is populated with three finalists on NBC's The Voice. Emily Ann Roberts' version of the The Judds' 1984 smash "Why Not Me" starts at No. 6 (21,000 downloads sold), good for a No. 33 launch on Hot Country Songs. Zach Seabaugh's version of Thompson Square's "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" (No. 1 on Hot Country Songs in 2011) opens at No. 19 (9,000) on Country Digital Songs and No. 46 on Hot Country Songs, and Barrett Baber's version of "Delta Dawn," Tanya Tucker's first Hot Country Songs hit (No. 6, 1972), enters the sales tally at No. 20 (9,000) and Hot Country Songs at No. 47. It's the song's first appearance on the latter chart since Tucker's original.

RHETT RULES: Thomas Rhett reigns over Hot Country Songs for a second consecutive week, and third week overall ,with "Die a Happy Man," his first leader on the list. It crowns Country Digital Songs for a sixth week (54,000, down 4 percent), holds at No. 2 on Country Streaming Songs (3.6 million, essentially even from the prior week) and pushes 10-9 on Country Airplay (33.6 million, up 5 percent).

HIGH 'LIFE': LoCash achieves its first Country Airplay top 10 as "I Love This Life" (Reviver) rises 11-10 (29.6 million audience, up 10 percent) in its 40th week. Its the sixth appearance on the survey for the duo originally known as LoCash Cowboys.

"In these troubled times, the guys wrote a song of happiness and hope that resonates with our audience," says Reviver vp promotion Gator Michaels. "This song reacted from the first spin and continues to research incredibly well with minimal burn. Radio has been fantastic in its willingness to trust the fans."

This article first appeared in Billboard's Country Update -- sign up here.

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