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Two Is 'Better' Than One: Luke Combs Tops Country Airplay & Hot Country Songs Charts

Luke Combs
David Bergman

Luke Combs

Plus, Chris Stapleton's 'Starting Over' hits the Country Airplay top 10.

Luke Combs scores his fourth No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, which blends airplay, sales and streaming data, as "Better Together" ascends 2-1 in its 34th week on the survey (dated Feb. 6).

Co-written by Combs, Dan Isbell and Randy Montana, "Better" is the fifth single from Combs' second LP, What You See Is What You Get. The set holds at No. 2 on Top Country Albums after 37 weeks at No. 1 with 30,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Jan. 28, according to MRC Data.

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Combs previously led Hot Country Songs led with "When It Rains It Pours," for two weeks starting in November 2017, followed by "Beautiful Crazy" (11 weeks, beginning in March 2019) and "Forever After All" (one week upon its debut, November 2020).

On Country Airplay, "Better" is Combs' record-extending 10th consecutive career-opening No. 1 promoted single. It leads for a third week, with 33 million audience impressions in the week ending Jan. 31. It also drew 10.9 million U.S. streams and sold 4,000 downloads in the week ending Jan. 28.

As "Better" controls both Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, Combs sports the first such simultaneous reign in over a year, since the surveys dated Jan. 25, 2020, when Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber's "10,000 Hours" doubled up.

'OVER' AND ABOVE Chris Stapleton nets his fourth Country Airplay top 10, as "Starting Over" rises 11-10 in its 23rd frame, with 17.8 million in audience.

Stapleton last ranked in the region with "Millionaire," which hit No. 2 in March 2019. Previously, "Broken Halos" led for a week in March 2018 and "Nobody to Blame" reached No. 10 in April 2016.