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Atlas/Combustion writer Zach Crowell breaks Billboard Hot Country Chart Record7/31/2017

Sam Hunt's "Body Like A Back Road," co-wrriten with Atlas/Combustion's Zach Crowell, earned it's 25th week at No. 1 (dated Aug 12th) on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart surpassing the 24 week record held by Flordia Georgia Line's, "Cruise" and the 19 week record by Leroy Van Dyke's 1961 hit, "Walk On By."

The chart, which has existed since 1958, measures radio play and sales, and in more recent years, streaming. “Body Like a Back Road,” is also the third most-downloaded song of any genre in 2017, selling approximately 1.4 million digital copies so far. The track (also co-written with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne) also spent three weeks at No. 1 on country radio, and spends it 25th week on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 6 so far.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Crowell said the song is, “maybe 25 best-case scenarios at the same time”: perfect timing as it hits its peak in summer; a sound that fits on modern country radio; and satisfaction for Hunt’s fans who were craving new material, given that he has barely released any since his debut multiplatinum album, “Montevallo,” in 2014. Plus, he added, the song’s precise, pared-down lyrics were appealing. “I definitely think it’s simple,” he said. “And simple always wins. That’s one common thread from the beginning of music.”

**Update August 7th 2017: "Body Like A Back Road" stays on top of the Hot Country charts for the 26th week (dated Aug 19th). Officially spending half a year in the No. 1 spot!

**Update August 14th 2017: "Back Road" holds on to the No. 1 spot for 27 consecutive weeks on three different Billboard Country charts; Hot Country Songs, Country Streaming, and Country Digital Song Sales!

**Update August 31st 2017: While holding steady at No. 1 on four different Billboard Country charts (29 conesecutive weeks on top Hot Country Songs, Country Streaming, Country Digital Song Sales, and 5 consecutive weeks on Country Recurrent Airplay), "Body Like A Back Road" lands at No. 18 on Spotify's U.S. Top 30 Most-Streamed Songs of the Summer!

**Update October 9th 2017: "Body Like A Back Road" ends its record-breaking 34 week hold at #1 on two Billboard charts dated October 21st. While still sitting pretty at #2 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs and Country Streaming charts, "Back Road" continues it's 11 week run at #1 on Country Recurrant Airplay.


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