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With Greatest Gainer honors and his second-biggest Nielsen SoundScan week (40,000 sold; up from 6,000), Hunter Hayes completes the longest climb to No. 1 on Top Country Albums during the 22-year SoundScan era, as his self-titled debut set reigns at last in its 89th chart week. The set soars following the release of the deluxe edition of the album, released June 18.
Hayes’ protracted ascent on Top Country Albums surpasses the 51 weeks it took Dixie Chicks’ “Wide Open Spaces” to reach the summit in 1999.
“Hunter Hayes” concurrently vaults 80-7 on the Billboard 200, marking the album’s first top 10 placement. It had previously reached No. 17 in March after debuting at No. 18 the week of Oct. 29, 2011.
The expanded version of “Hunter Hayes” features five additional tracks, including his current single, “I Want Crazy,” which reaches a new peak with a 6-3 hop on the Hot Country Songs tally. During the SoundScan tracking week, Hayes performed “Crazy” on the season finale of NBC’s “The Voice” with the season’s winner, Danielle Bradbery (June 18), and sang it solo two days later on the network’s “Today.”
With 110,000 downloads sold during the tracking week (up 78%), the song takes the Digital Gainer nod on Hot Country Songs.