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Luke Combs Halts Morgan Wallen’s Reign at No. 1 on Top Country Albums Chart

Plus, the set's "The Kind of Love We Make" becomes Combs' fifth leader on Hot Country Songs.

Luke Combs nets his fourth No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart as his third full-length, Growin’ Up, blasts in atop the July 9-dated survey, unseating Morgan Wallen.

In its initial week, ending June 30, Growin’ Up, released June 24, earned 74,000 equivalent album units, according to Luminate. Of that sum, streaming equivalent album (SEA) units comprise 44,000 (equaling 56.33 million on-demand official streams of the set’s 12 tracks), album sales account for 28,000 and track equivalent albums (TEA) amount to 2,000.

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On the all-genre Billboard 200, the set starts at No. 2, marking Combs’ fourth top 10. It makes the highest entrance for a country LP in 2022 and logs the top unit sum for a country album’s debut week this year.

The album, which Combs co-produced with Chip Matthews and Jonathan Singleton, follows his sophomore effort What You See Is What You Get, which charged in at the Top Country Albums apex (Nov. 23, 2019) with 172,000 equivalent album units, including 109,000 in sales. That title was bolstered by a deluxe edition issued in October 2020 with six new songs, helping spark its 37-week reign.

Before that, Combs’ This One’s for You arrived atop the chart dated June 24, 2017, with 43,000 units. It followed his This One’s for You EP, which debuted at No. 36 in December 2015 and peaked at No. 24 in May 2017. A deluxe version of the full-length, released in June 2018, spurred the set’s top weekly unit count (55,000), as the LP logged 50 weeks at No. 1, tying Shania Twain’s Come On Over for the most weeks at the summit until Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album amassed 63 weeks so far (as it drops to No. 2 on the July 9 ranking).

Combs achieved his second Top Country Albums No. 1 when The Prequel bowed on top on June 22, 2019, with 48,000 units.

Concurrently, the sophomore single from Growin’ Up, “The Kind of Love We Make,” rises 2-1 in its second week on Hot Country Songs, which combines airplay, streaming and sales data, becoming Combs’ fifth leader. It dominates Country Streaming Songs for a second frame, drawing 15.1 million U.S. streams (up 11%). It sold 5,000 downloads and likewise adds a second week atop Country Digital Song Sales. On Country Airplay, it hops 15-13 (10.7 million impressions, up 15%).

Combs dons his first Hot Country Songs crown since “Forever After All” wrapped a 10-week command in July 2021, after it opened at the summit in November 2020. He previously led with “When It Rains It Pours” for two weeks starting in November 2017; “Beautiful Crazy” (11, beginning in March 2019); and “Better Together” (three weeks, February 2021).

The lead single from Growin’ Up, “Doin’ This,” became Combs’ record-extending 14th consecutive career-opening No. 1 single on Country Airplay in May. It peaked at No. 2 on Hot Country Songs in April.

‘Heads’ Up

Cole Swindell earns his 12th Hot Country Songs top 10 as “She Had Me at Heads Carolina” jumps 13-6. It makes a twin 13-6 surge on Country Streaming Songs (9.3 million, up 32%) and pushes 4-2 on Country Digital Song Sales (5,000, up 22%), as a new lyric video for it premiered June 23, and holds at its No. 26 Country Airplay high (5.2 million, up 24%).

The single follows Swindell’s Lainey Wilson duet “Never Say Never,” which topped Country Airplay for two weeks beginning in April, becoming his seventh No. 1, and hit No. 2 on Hot Country Songs the same month.

“Carolina,” which Swindell co-authored, pays homage to Jo Dee Messina’s maiden single, “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” which rose to No. 2 in May 1996.