Luke Combs Is First Artist to Send First Five Singles to No. 1 On Country Airplay Chart, With ‘Beautiful Crazy’
Luke Combs makes history as the first artist to send his first five entries on Billboard's Country Airplay chart to No. 1. On the list dated March 2, "Beautiful Crazy" ascends 2-1, increasing by 7…
Luke Combs makes history as the first artist to send his first five entries on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart to No. 1. On the list dated March 2, “Beautiful Crazy” ascends 2-1, increasing by 7 percent to 38.8 million audience impressions in the week ending Feb. 24, according to Nielsen Music.
Written by Combs, Wyatt Durrette and Robert Williford, “Beautiful” reaches the Country Airplay summit in its 16th week, matching Combs’ quickest trip to No. 1, first achieved by his fourth leader, “She Got the Best of Me,” which reigned for four weeks starting last October.
Combs’ debut hit “Hurricane,” which led for two weeks beginning May 27, 2017, hit No. 1 in its 30th week, followed by “When It Rains It Pours,” which also dominated for two frames, beginning Nov. 4, 2017, reaching the apex in its 28th week. Combs’ third single, “One Number Away,” led for a week in its 24th frame (June 9, 2018).
Dating to the Country Airplay chart’s January 1990 launch, Combs bests two acts that each sent their first four singles (as lead artists) to No. 1: Florida Georgia Line, in 2012-14 with “Cruise,” “Get Your Shine On,” “Round Here” and “Stay,” and another famous twosome, Brooks & Dunn, in 1991-92 with “Brand New Man,” “My Next Broken Heart,” “Neon Moon” and “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.”
Plus, Combs achieves his second No. 1 on the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart, as “Beautiful” rises 2-1 in its 42nd week. He first topped the tally for two weeks in November-December 2017 with “Rains.”
“Beautiful” also lifts 2-1 on Country Streaming Songs to become Combs’ first No. 1 among five top 10s. The track gained by 8 percent to 11.7 million U.S. streams in the week ending Feb. 21. On Country Digital Song Sales, the track rebounds 2-1 for a fourth at the summit (15,000 downloads sold, up 26 percent, in the week ending Feb. 21).
Combs, thus, simultaneously leads Billboard‘s four main country song charts: Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Song Sales. He’s the first artist to achieve the feat since Kane Brown, who became the first act to top five country song surveys simultaneously, on Oct. 28, 2017. The same frame, he also ruled the Top Country Albums chart.
That week, Brown’s “What Ifs,” featuring Lauren Alaina, led Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay and Country Streaming Songs; “Heaven” arrived atop Country Digital Song Sales; and his self-titled first LP ruled Top Country Albums.
Combs misses his own quintuple coronation by one rank this week. His debut LP This One’s for You, which has dominated Top Country Albums for 26 weeks and whose deluxe edition houses all five of his Country Airplay leaders, places at No. 2.