Fans who have been patiently awaiting a new album from Sam Hunt will have to wait until at least 2020 to hear his latest project. However, the singer says he hopes new music will be on its way soon after the new year. In a recent interview with Billboard, the country star revealed that he is scheduled to hand in his finished sophomore record to his record label on January 1 -- but Hunt still has plenty more work to do in the recording studio before that deadline arrives.

"We have four songs finished, so I've got another handful to go," he told Billboard. "We'll be recording through October, November."

Hunt earned four No. 1 hits from his first album, including "House Party" and "Take Your Time." He topped the charts again in 2017 with "Body Like a Back Road," then waited a full year to drop his one-off single, "Downtown's Dead." Between writing songs and savoring married life with his spouse Hannah, with whom he tied the knot in 2017, Hunt has mostly kept a low profile.

Although album details are still sparse, Hunt did reveal that "Nothing Lasts Forever," a track he began adding to his live set lists last year, will appear on the album. Fans will also get to hear a studio version of the newly-debuted song “Sinning With You,” which Hunt called "a commentary on growing up in the South and the conflict with religion and being in a relationship before you're married and all that comes with that."

The 34-year-old says he's bringing back heavyweight producers Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, who also worked on his hit 2014 debut Montevallo, to help produce this new batch of music. Although Montevallo made waves for its blend of country, pop, R&B and hip hop, Hunt says he doesn't plan on trying to crossover into the pop world for good.

"I definitely, if anything, will slide back into even a more traditional sound," he explained. "I like the idea of being adventurous and finding new ways to combine styles and to try to come up with something new and fresh. So that is important to me, but I don't see myself actively trying to cross over."

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