MusicRow Magazine’s 2020 Country Radio Issue, with MCA Nashville artist Sam Hunt gracing the cover, releases today (Feb. 19).
Multi-Platinum-selling, award-winning hitmaker Sam Hunt recently introduced fans to his brand-new song, “Kinfolks.” Leaning on the sentiment of “you can’t make old friends,” Hunt exemplifies the importance of bringing a new relationship into the mix and comfortability of home. “Kinfolks” follows Hunt’s GRAMMY-nominated, triple-Platinum-selling debut album, Montevallo (MCA Nashville), which topped the Billboard Country Albums Chart in its first week; and his three-week No. 1, 6x Platinum-selling, GRAMMY-nominated smash, “Body Like A Back Road.”
Montevallo produced four No. 1 singles and five Platinum and multi-Platinum-selling hits including “Leave the Night On,” “House Party,” “Take Your Time,” “Break Up In A Small Town” and “Make You Miss Me.” Then, Hunt’s “Body Like A Back Road” release shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart where it remained for an unprecedented 34 consecutive weeks, shattering the record for most weeks atop the nearly 59-year-old chart. “Body Like A Back Road” was also the No. 1 most-streamed and No. 1 most-downloaded country song of 2017, and the No. 3 most-downloaded and Top 25 most-streamed all genre song of 2017.
Called “stylistically provocative” by The New York Times and “deceptively phenomenal” by The Washington Post, Hunt has received accolades from Associated Press, Billboard, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, SPIN Magazine, Village Voice, The New York Times, The Washington Post and more. Since Montevallo’s 2014 release, Hunt has accumulated over 6.85 billion global streams and has earned 22 million RIAA certified units. Hunt’s new album SOUTHSIDE releases April 3.
Hunt is signed with UMPG for publishing, aligned with performing rights organization ASCAP, managed by HOMESTEAD/Red Light Management, and booked by CAA’s Darin Murphy.
MusicRow Magazine’s annual Country Radio Issue also features the winners for this year’s MusicRow CountryBreakout Awards, held Feb. 19 in Nashville.
This issue also spotlights YouTube’s Copeland Isaacson and Margaret Hart, takes an inside look at country radio tours with Trea Landon, highlights playlist creation with WCFT’s Shelly Marx and explores artist-led podcasts such as those launched (or in the works) by Midland, Kelleigh Bannen, Reba McEntire and more.
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