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Luke Combs Leads Top Country Albums Chart With 'The Prequel' EP

Luke Combs
Jim Wright

Luke Combs

The set starts at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.

Luke Combs' new five-track EP The Prequel roars in atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated June 22), earning 48,000 equivalent album units in its first week, ending June 13, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 22,000 copies are from traditional album sales; the set earned 25.3 million on-demand audio streams for its songs in its debut frame.

Concurrently, Combs' 2017 debut LP This One's for You holds at No. 2 on Top Country Albums (27,000 units, up 4%). The set has logged 37 weeks at No. 1 on the list, the fourth-longest rule in the chart's 55-year history.

Combs is the first artist to claim the Nos. 1 and 2 spots simultaneously on Top Country Albums since Chris Stapleton on Feb. 17, 2018, when From A Room: Volume 2 governed the chart as Traveller placed at No. 2.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, Prequel starts at No. 4, tying Combs' best rank; This One's for You reached No. 4 in June 2018.

Meanwhile, Prequel lead single "Beer Never Broke My Heart" rises 2-1 on Country Streaming Songs, up 19% to 13 million streams. Combs collects his second No. 1 on the chart, after "Beautiful Crazy" dominated for 13 weeks starting March 2. "Beer" bumps 5-3 on the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart, reaching a new high, and 10-9 on Country Airplay, up 9% to 24.8 million audience impressions.

Combs also controls Country Digital Song Sales with Prequel track "Even Though I'm Leaving," which bows with 22,000 sold. He adds his third No. 1 and second to start at the pinnacle. "Beer" topped the May 25 tally and "Beautiful Crazy" led for seven weeks, starting with its arrival at the apex on May 19, 2018.

Scott Moffat produced Prequel and Combs co-wrote all five songs.