First artist to have first two studio albums spend 25 weeks or more at No. 1
ACM, CMA and CMT Award-winning artist Luke Combs makes history once again this week as the first artist ever to have their first two studio albums spend 25 weeks or more at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart — breaking Taylor Swift’s previously held record at 24 weeks. The achievement comes as his acclaimed global No. 1 record, What You See Is What You Get, once again tops the chart this week, while his 2017 debut, This One’s For You, has spent 50 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 — tying the record for the longest reign atop the chart with Shania Twain’s Come On Over in 1997.
This accomplishment continues a series of groundbreaking and historic years for Combs, who is nominated in three categories at the 55th ACM Awards: Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for What You See Is What You Get. In celebration of the achievements, Combs will return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this Thursday, July 16th performing his current single, “Lovin’ On You,” which is already top 20 and rising at country radio.
What You See Is What You Get — out now on River House Artists/Columbia Nashville — debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart as well as Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart this past November with 172,000 equivalent units sold and also enjoyed the largest streaming week ever for a country album with 74 million on-demand streams. It also achieved the biggest first week of album streams ever for a country artist on Apple Music and was the first country album ever to hit No. 1 on the platform’s U.S. overall albums chart, while also setting a new global record for first-week streams for a country album at Spotify and breaking the Amazon Music record for more first-week streams than any other country album debut. Continuing his record-breaking streak at country radio, Combs last single, “Does To Me” featuring Eric Church, recently spent two weeks at No. 1 on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase Country Aircheck charts making it his eighth consecutive No. 1 single — a first on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.
During the quarantine, Combs has been releasing or teasing unreleased music. On May 1st, he released the timely “Six Feet Apart” to country radio and digital outlets. Written and recorded during the stay-at-home orders, Combs premiered the single during a livestream concert in April.