“Better Together” reaches the top spot
Luke Combs has broken his own record of nine consecutive No. 1 hits with his latest single, “Better Together,” landing at the top spot of the Billboard Country Airplay charts. Combs extends his record-breaking streak at country radio as the first artist to have all ten of his singles reach the summit.
This feat was accomplished with only two studio albums (and two deluxe versions of those albums) over the past five years. Last year, Combs also made history 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.
Combs’ new deluxe album, What You See Ain’t Always What You Get, is out now on River House Artists/Columbia Nashville and debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart as well as Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. It also set the new weekly streaming record for a country album with 102.26 million on-demand streams, breaking Combs’ own record, which he set last November (2019) with the release of his platinum-certified, global No. 1 album, What You See Is What You Get.
The new deluxe album features all 18 tracks from What You See Is What You Get as well as five new songs including “Forever After All,” which debuted at No. 2 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart — the highest entrance ever for a male country solo artist. With the release, Combs also reached No. 1 on Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Albums chart, Top 100 Songs chart and Artists 500 chart — the first country artist ever to lead all three charts in the same week and first to top the Artists 500.
Combs will perform the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show prior to the 63rd running of The Great American Race on Sunday, February 14th at Daytona International Speedway at 2:30 pm ET/11:30 am PT on FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The performance will be in front of a limited live audience and marks his first since the COVID-19 pandemic shut the touring industry down last March.
Combs was slated to return to the live stage this March at the C2C Festival in Europe. However, due to international travel and mass gathering restrictions still in place worldwide, the festival has been pushed to 2022.