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Walker Hayes Hits New Chart High With ‘Country Stuff: The Album’

Plus, Cody Johnson and Sam Hunt add top 10s and Restless Road debuts.

Walker Hayes earns his best career rank on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart, as Country Stuff: The Album, his third top 10, bounds in at No. 2 on the list dated Feb. 5.

The set, released Jan. 21, earned 33,000 equivalent album units (16,000 in album sales) in the week ending Jan. 27, according to MRC Data.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, the LP starts at No. 9, awarding Hayes his first top 10.

The 13-song release adds seven songs to Hayes’ EP Country Stuff, which opened at No. 26 on Top Country Albums last July with 7,000 units and hit No. 4 in September.

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The Nashville-based Hayes, originally from Mobile, Ala., first charted with his self-titled EP, which debuted and peaked at No. 66 in October 2010. Full-length Boom started at its No. 6 high in December 2017 (16,000 units), marking his first top 10.

“Fancy Like,” the lead single from Country Stuff that drew early TikTok buzz and grew into a multi-format smash, logged 24 weeks atop the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart, tying Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” as the fourth-longest-leading No. 1 in the survey’s history.

“Fancy” first topped Hot Country Songs last July and led Country Airplay for a week in November. It ranks at No. 3 on the Feb. 5-dated Hot Country Songs chart with 19.5 million in all-format radio audience, 9 million U.S. streams and 3,100 downloads sold.

Meanwhile, the LP’s “AA” jumps 23-12 on Hot Country Songs, with 8.4 million streams (up 90%) and 4,200 sold. On Country Airplay, it places at No. 33 (3.1 million impressions, up 4%).

FIRST, AND THIRD Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album leads Top Country Albums for a 43rd week, with 41,000 units.

The set matches Randy Travis’ Always and Forever for the third-longest reign in the history of Top Country Albums, which dates to January 1964. That album began its domination in June 1987. Luke Combs’ This One’s for You and Shania Twain’s Come On Over each ruled for a record 50 weeks, starting in June 2017 and November 1997, respectively.

Current Dangerous single “Sand in My Boots” holds at its No. 4 high on Country Airplay (22.3 million, up less than 1%) and pushes 6-5 on Hot Country Songs, returning to its best first reached last February. It also drew 6 million streams and sold 2,300 in the tracking week.

CAN DO Cody Johnson notches his first Hot Country Songs top 10 as “‘Til You Can’t” hops 11-8.

On Country Airplay, the track lifts 15-13 (14 million, up 13%). It also drew 6.8 million streams (up 2%) and sold 3,900 downloads (up 13%).

Johnson tallied six prior Hot Country Songs appearances, reaching a No. 13 best in June 2019 with “On My Way to You.”

’23’ IS TOP 10 Sam Hunt rolls up his 10th Country Airplay top 10 as “23” rises 12-10 (15 million, up 7%). The song follows “Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90’s,” which became his ninth No. 1 in May 2021.

Concurrently, Ingrid Andress’ “Wishful Drinking,” with Hunt, climbs 54-46 for a new Country Airplay high (1.1 million, up 23%).

ROAD TRIP Restless Road earns its second top 10 on Country Digital Song Sales as ballad “Growing Old With You,” released Jan. 21, bows at No. 5 with 2,900 downloads sold. It follows the threesome’s collaboration with Kane Brown, “Take Me Home,” which hit No. 7 in March 2020.

Restless Road – Zach Beeken, Garrett Nichols Colton Pack – performed “Growing” on ABC’s The Bachelor Jan. 31, while the act is scheduled to begin its Bar Friends Tour April 6 in Milwaukee.