Record 'Best': Luke Combs First Soloist to Send First Four Singles to No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart

Jim Wright
Luke Combs

"She Got the Best of Me" grants Combs history.

Singer-songwriter Luke Combs becomes the first soloist to score four straight career-opening No. 1s on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "She Got the Best of Me" climbs 2-1 on the Oct. 27-dated list.

"Best" hit the summit with an 8 percent hike to 40.3 million audience points in the week ending Oct. 21, according to Nielsen Music.

The 28-year-old Combs, originally from Asheville, N.C., first topped Country Airplay with his debut hit "Hurricane," for two weeks starting on the chart dated May 27, 2017, and followed with "When It Rains It Pours," which also dominated for two frames, beginning Nov. 4, 2017, and third single "One Number Away," which led on June 9.

"Best" also completes Combs' fastest trip to No. 1 on Country Airplay, moving up to the penthouse in its 16th week. "Hurricane," "Rains," and "Number" needed 30, 28 and 24 weeks, respectively.

"Best" is one of five songs added to the deluxe version of Combs' debut LP This One's for You. The set bowed atop the June 24, 2017-dated Top Country Albums chart, returned to the top a week shy of a year later following the arrival of its deluxe edition (dubbed This One's for You Too) and has spent 15 total weeks at No. 1.

Combs is the third artist overall to send four career-opening singles to No. 1 on Country Airplay since the list launched in January 1990, and the first since Florida Georgia Line. The duo's first four singles, "Cruise," "Get Your Shine on," "Round Here" and "Stay," ruled in 2012-14.

Prior to FGL, another famous twosome, Brooks & Dunn, rattled off No. 1s with its first four singles, "Brand New Man," "My Next Broken Heart," "Neon Moon," and "Boot Scootin' Boogie," in 1991-92.

The last comparable chart achievement for a soloist before Combs? Clint Black notched four Hot Country Songs leaders with his first four releases; starting his run in 1989, just before the Nielsen Music-based Country Airplay chart's inception, he bowed with "Better Man," "Killin' Time," "Nobody's Home" and "Walkin' Away."

NO NEED TO GO NOWHERE FAST: Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha's "Meant to Be" stretches its record domination on the streaming, airplay and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart to 47 weeks. It also tops Country Streaming Songs for a record-extending 43rd week with 12.2 million U.S. streams (up 1 percent) in the week ending Oct. 18.

ALLEN, EVANS & TENPENNY IN TOP 10: Jimmie Allen's debut single "Best Shot" becomes his first top 10 on Hot Country Songs, rising 12-9. On Country Airplay, it vaults 10-5, surging 20 percent to 28.5 million in audience.

Concurrently, Allen's debut album, the 15-track Mercury Lane, arrives on Top Country Albums at No. 11, earning 7,000 equivalent album units (3,000 in traditional album sales) in its first week.

Also on Top Country Albums, Morgan Evans' first U.S. LP Things That We Drink To opens at No. 9 with 7,000 equivalent album units (4,000 in traditional album sales). The Australian singer-songwriter co-penned all 11 tracks on the set, including new single "Day Drunk," which debuts at No. 55 on Country Airplay with 1.4 million audience impressions (up 99 percent). Lead single "Kiss Somebody" hit No. 3 on Country Airplay in August.

Plus, Mitchell Tenpenny tallies his first Hot Country Songs top 10, as his launch single "Drunk Me" hops 11-10. It bullets at No. 6 on Country Digital Song Sales (7,000 sold, up 2 percent); No. 11, its highpoint, on Country Airplay (22.1 million, up 4 percent); and No. 12 on Country Streaming Songs (5.6 million, up 1 percent).


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