By Annie Reuter
Hunter Hayes is breaking records left and right.
Hot on the heels of being crowned the new Guinness World Record holder for playing the most concerts in multiple cities in one day (he surpassed the Flaming Lips‘ previous record of eight shows in 24 hours with 10 shows), he tops another list: Billboard‘s Country Albums Chart, coming in at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart for his latest release, Storyline.
This marks Hayes’ second consecutive No. 1 on the Country Albums chart, as his 2011 self-titled debut also landed at No. 1. In an interview with Radio.com promoting Storyline, Hayes talked of how his new album is a continuation of his debut release.
“It’s a deeper conversation, too. I always said that for this record I wanted higher highs and lower lows — I wanted it to be more emotional,” he said. “And I think in going for more emotion, you have to go deeper into your soul, right? You’ve got to be vulnerable, you’ve got to be convicted. You’ve gotta be really, really deep on this stuff. And Storyline was the journey to find whatever that was going to end up being.”
On the whole, Hayes said that when comparing Storyline to his previous album, the difference between the two is that the new album is “more intense.”
“I don’t know if I meant that,” he said quickly. “I wanted that… I think. I wanted more energy. And I think we got it. The fun stuff is way more fun, and the depressing stuff — the really dark and serious stuff — is really serious.”