Sam Hunt‘s second studio full-length, and first in more than five years, Southside, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart dated April 18.
In its first week, ending April 9, the set earned 46,000 equivalent album units, including 16,000 in album sales, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
Southside marks Hunt’s second Top Country Albums No. 1 and fourth top 10. It follows his freshman LP, Montevallo, which arrived at the summit in November 2014 and reigned for nine weeks. To date, Montevallo has earned 3.9 million units, with 1.4 million in album sales.
Plus, Montevallo has spent 267 weeks on the chart, tying Luke Bryan‘s Crash My Party as the sixth-longest-running titles in the tally’s 56-year history. On the all-genre Billboard 200, Southside arrives at No. 5, awarding Hunt his second top 10, after the No. 3-peaking Montevallo.
Hunt first released the EP X2C, which debuted and peaked at No. 5 on Top Country Albums in August 2014. Following Montevallo, Between the Pines: Acoustic Mixtape started at its No. 7 high in November 2015.
Montevallo produced five singles, four of which hit the Country Airplay pinnacle: “Leave the Night On,” “Take Your Time,” “House Party” and “Make You Miss Me.” “Break Up in a Small Town” peaked at No. 2.
Hunt co-penned all 12 songs on Southside, including “Body Like a Back Road,” which was released in 2017 and ruled Country Airplay for three weeks and the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart for a then-record 34 frames; it now ranks second only to Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line‘s “Meant to Be” (50 weeks atop the latter list in 2017-18).
“Downtown’s Dead,” also on the new set, reached Nos. 14 and 15 on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, respectively, in June 2018. “Kinfolks” led Country Airplay on Feb. 29, becoming Hunt’s seventh No. 1. It hit No. 3 on Hot Country Songs.
Latest single “Hard to Forget” jumps 17-9 on Hot Country Songs, becoming Hunt’s eighth top 10, having corralled 8.2 million U.S. streams (up 96 percent) and 5,000 in sales (up 21 percent) in the tracking week. On Country Airplay, it hops 18-15 (11.9 million audience impressions, up 16 percent).