Mak­ing his­tory

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By KRISTIN M. HALL

COUN­TRY star Sam Hunt (pic) has over­taken Florida Ge­or­gia Line for hold­ing the record num­ber of weeks atop Bill­board’s Hot Coun­try Songs chart with his sin­gle Body Like A Back Road.

And there are no signs of slow­ing down.

Last week, his la­bel MCA Nashville said that Hunt’s sin­gle has hit 25 con­sec­u­tive weeks at the top of the chart, which mea­sures ra­dio play, sales and stream­ing, and edged out Cruise, which reigned for 24 weeks in 2012 and 2013.

The song, al­ready cer­ti­fied mul­ti­plat­inum, crossed over to the pop charts as well and jumped into the top 10 of the Hot 100 all-genre chart.

Hunt, whose de­but al­bum Mon­te­vallo came out in 2014, wrote the song with Zach Crow­ell, Shane McA­nally and Josh Os­borne.

The in­spi­ra­tion for the snappy and in­fec­tiously melodic song came from Hunt’s wife, Hannah, McA­nally said.

“It was a play­ful ode to her,” McA­nally said. “He had writ­ten a lot of se­ri­ous stuff about the tu­mul­tuous part of their re­la­tion­ship and I think he just wanted to say that they were in a good place.” Florida Ge­or­gia Line’s Cruise ben­e­fited from hav­ing a remix re­leased with rap­per Nelly that helped it fur­ther cross over to new au­di­ences.

But McA­nally thinks Back Road has dom­i­nated this sum­mer be­cause Hunt has taken his time in re­leas­ing new music.

It’s the stand-alone sin­gle for Hunt this year, with no an­nounced date of when his sopho­more al­bum may drop. – AP

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