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Sam Hunt Leads Top Country Albums, Carrie Underwood's 'Guns' Loaded on Hot Country Songs

Sam Hunt
Chase Lauer

Hunt claims a fourth week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums with 'Montevallo,' while Underwood returns with new single 'Little Toy Guns.'

Sam Hunt claims a fourth cumulative (and third consecutive) week at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Montevallo.

The run marks the most chart-topping weeks by a newcomer's first full-length album since Florida Georgia Line reigned for 10 frames in 2013-14 with Here's to the Good Times. It's the most for such a release by a rookie male since Scotty McCreery logged six weeks at No. 1 in 2011 with Clear as Day.

Hunt's set sold 14,000 copies (down 14 percent) in the Nielsen Music tracking week ending Feb. 1 and has sold 288,000 to date. Hunt previewed Montevallo with his EP X2C, which has sold 31,000.

Concurrently, second Montevallo single "Take Your Time" reaches a new peak with a 6-5 hop on Hot Country Songs, adding top Streaming Gainer honors, and crowns Country Streaming Songs (2-1; 1.6 million U.S. streams, up 40 percent)."Time" is Hunt's second leader on Country Streaming Songs, following "Leave the Night On" (now at No. 2; 1.4 million, up 4 percent). ("Night" led the Nov. 15 Hot Country Songs chart.) "Time" dominatesCountry Digital Songs for a third week (43,000 downloads sold, down 10 percent).

Hunt's first headlining tour kicked off Jan. 29 in West Hollywood, Calif.

WITH A BULLET: Carrie Underwood re-enters Hot Country Songs at No. 30 with new single "Little Toy Guns" following the Jan. 31 premiere of its video. The song, one of two previously unreleased studio tracks from her Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (No. 3 on Top Country Albums), first charted for a week (No. 40) on the Dec. 27, 2014 list. "Guns" re-enters Country Digital Songs at No. 17 (15,000, up 2,585 percent). Its streams should surge following a first full week of video views, fueling it further on next week's charts.

Prior single "Something in the Water" falls 2-7 on Hot Country Songs after ruling for a career-best seven weeks. The track logs an 18th week at No. 1 on Hot Christian Songs.

'COWBOY' UP: Randy Houser earns his fourth straight, and fifth total, top 10 on Hot Country Songs with "Like a Cowboy" (12-10).

Houser first reached the upper tier with "Boots On" in 2009. His current top 10 streak includes "How Country Feels" (No. 6, 2013), "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" (No. 3, 2013) and "Goodnight Kiss" (No. 9, 2014), prior to "Cowboy." His new top 10 reaches the top five (7-5) on Country Airplay (39 million in audience, up 4 percent).

Luke Bryan's 'Crash My Party' Produces Record-Tying Fifth No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart

Houser will join Luke Bryan's Kick the Dust Up Tour this spring; it starts May 8 in Grand Forks, N.D. Meanwhile, Bryan's "I See You" leads Hot Country Songs for a second straight week. As previously reported, "See" steps 2-1 on Country Airplay, becoming the fifth No. 1 from Bryan's Crash My Party album. The set is just the third in the radio chart's 25-year history to yield five leaders.