Sam Hunt’s ‘Leave the Night On’ Hits No. 1, Goes Platinum
Sam Hunt is clearly on the right path. The singer-songwriter's debut single, 'Leave the Night On,' has gone platinum, signifying sales in excess of one million units. The song, which Hunt wrote with hit tunesmiths Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally, also landed at the top of the charts, marking the highest debut by a new artist in the history of Country Aircheck.
“I’m really excited that folks have connected to ‘Leave the Night On’ the way they have," Hunt says of the song, which is from his freshman 'Montevallo' album. "This past year has been a wild ride, and I can’t wait to see what the future has to hold."
This is Hunt's first foray onto the charts as a singer, but he is no stranger to watching songs climb to the top spot. He co-wrote Kenny Chesney's 'Come on Over' and Keith Urban's recent hit 'Cop Car,' both of which also went straight to No. 1.
“I didn’t know you could write songs for a living,” he admits. “Then I realized there were lots of publishers in Nashville, and these publishers were partnered with songwriters, and a lot of the songs that I’d heard on country radio over the years were written by all these guys. That community of people who are churning out lots of country songs that you’re hearing on the radio is not large, numbers-wise.”