'Rains' Reigns: Luke Combs Earns First No. 1 on Hot Country Songs Chart

Louis Browne
Luke Combs

"When It Rains It Pours" rises to the top.

Luke Combs' "When It Rains It Pours" ascends 2-1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart (dated Nov. 25), marking his first leader on the ranking, which blends streaming, airplay and sales data.

"Rains" is the second single from Combs' LP This One's for You, which bowed atop the June 24 Top Country Albums chart with 43,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music. Debut single "Hurricane" peaked at No. 3 on Hot Country Songs and led Country Airplay for two weeks beginning May 27.

"Rains" rises by 6 percent to 9.6 million U.S. streams, as it holds at its No. 2 peak on Country Streaming Songs. On Country Airplay, where it ruled for two weeks beginning Nov. 4, it remains in the top five (2-4; down 9 percent to 39.9 million in audience). It drops 3-8 on Country Digital Song Sales but gains by 6 percent to 14,000 sold.

"Rains" dethrones Kane Brown's "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina, after five weeks atop Hot Country Songs. Before that, Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" ruled for a record 34 weeks, beginning Feb. 25. Only one other title has ascended to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs in 2017: Little Big Town's "Better Man," which, written by Taylor Swift, won song of the year honors at the Country Music Association Awards Nov. 8.

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