Sam Hunt’s “Montevallo” Certified Gold by RIAA

Rising singer/songwriter stakes claim to Gold with debut album, making him the first debut country artist to do so since Florida Georgia Line in 2012.

Sam Hunt’s career is certainly in overdrive. After being released in October, Montevallo has taken roughly six months to be certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. The album, which features 10 songs all written or co-written by Hunt, was released by MCA Records and was produced by Shane McAnally and Zach Crowell.

The album’s lead single “Leave The Night On” has sold over 1,000,000 copies to be certified Platinum while his current single “Take Your Time” has spent 12 weeks at #1 on the Digital Country Singles chart and it, too, is now Platinum. The single also leads the Hot Country Songs chart for a 10th week, becoming only the 16th song to ever hold #1 for at least 10 weeks since the chart’s inception in October 1958.

Multiple tracks on Montevallo have sold over 100k with the cut “Break Up In A Small Town” having scanned nearly 350,000 downloads without much, if any, radio airplay.

Sam Hunt will perform on the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony this coming Sunday. He’s nominated for New Artist Of The Year at the program.


  • courtney

    congrats to Sam on having his debut album certified Gold and six months for a debut to go Gold isn't unheard of for example It took Faith Hill's 1993 debut Take Me As I Am seven months to go Gold released October 12th 1993 certified Gold in May 1994

    • Matt Bjorke

      This day in age it is remarkably short for a country act to do that. If there were no digital singles, this record would already be platinum.