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Luke Combs Extends Career-Opening Top 10 Record on Country Airplay Chart With ‘The Kind of Love We Make’

Plus, moves for Jon Pardi, Morgan Wallen and John Rich.

Luke Combs scores his 15th consecutive career-opening top 10 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart, counting proper singles that have been promoted to country radio, as “The Kind of Love We Make” rises from No. 12 to No. 10 (on the list dated Aug. 6). The song drew 17.1 million audience impressions, up 13%, in the week ending July 31, according to Luminate.

The track, which Combs co-wrote with Jamie Davis and brothers Dan and Reid Isbell, could also extend his record streak of career-opening Country Airplay No. 1s, as his first 14 singles all topped the tally, most recently “Doin’ This” for a week in May. Combs started his run with “Hurricane” in May 2017.


On the multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart, “Kind” ranks at No. 2 after topping the ranking dated July 9, becoming Combs’ fifth No. 1. It drew 12.6 million official U.S. streams and sold 4,000 downloads in the week ending July 28.

‘Night’ Moves

Jon Pardi nets his ninth Hot Country Songs top 10, as “Last Night Lonely” lifts 12-9. It holds at its No. 8 Country Airplay high, as it increased by 6% to 18.9 million in audience. It also drew 5.9 million streams (up 31%) and sold 1,000 downloads (up 15%) in the tracking week.

Written by Jimi Bell, Joe Fox and Dylan Marlowe, the song is the first single from Pardi’s fourth full-length, Mr. Saturday Night, which he co-produced and is due Sept. 2.

“Lonely” follows Pardi’s Lauren Alaina duet “Getting Over Him,” which hit No. 35 on Hot Country Songs in February. His most recent unaccompanied single, “Tequila Little Time,” reached No. 14 in December 2020, after “Ain’t Always a Cowboy” became his eighth top 10, rising to No. 6 in December 2020. Pardi first ascended to the top 10 with “Up All Night,” a No. 10 hit in February 2014.

1 for 11

Morgan Wallen’s “Wasted on You” dominates Hot Country Songs for an 11th week. The track drew 12.2 million streams and sold 4,000 in the tracking week. On Country Airplay, where the song reigned for three weeks beginning July 2, it descends 3-5 (22.9 million, down 7%).

Now being promoted to pop and adult radio, “Wasted” advances 32-26 on Adult Pop Airplay and 40-36 on Pop Airplay, after bowing as Wallen’s first entry on each ranking.

Meanwhile, the track’s parent LP, Dangerous: The Double Album, rules Top Country Albums for a record-extending 67th week (49,000 equivalent album units, up 1%).

Career ‘Progress’

John Rich posts his highest debut on Hot Country Songs (including with Big Kenny as part of the duo Big & Rich), as his new independently released single “Progress” opens at No. 14. With 41,000 first-week downloads sold, Rich also earns his biggest sales week for a song.

Released July 22, the song has drawn buzz on right-leaning social media platforms Truth Social and Rumble. Rich also performed it on Fox & Friends July 25.

“Progress” launches atop both Country Digital Song Sales and the all-genre Digital Song Sales tally. Rich scores his fourth No. 1 on the former, following his and Mike Rowe’s “Santa’s Gotta Dirty Job,” which debuted at No. 1 in December; “Earth to God” (October 2020); and “Shut Up About Politics,” featuring The Five, from Fox News (June 2019). On Digital Song Sales, Rich claims his second leader, following “Job.”

Rich logged his prior highest start on Hot Country Songs thanks to Big & Rich’s “When I Pray,” which started at No. 24 in June 2012 before hitting No. 16.

As a soloist, Rich achieves his second-best Hot Country Songs rank, after “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” hit No. 12 in 2009. Big & Rich boast one No. 1 on the survey, among 20 entries: “Lost in This Moment,” for two weeks in 2007.