Luke Combs continues atop Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart, as his debut LP This One’s for You spends a 41st week at No. 1 on the July 20-dated survey. It reigns with 22,000 equivalent album units earned (down 11%) in the week ending July 11, according to Nielsen Music.
The set ties Garth Brooks‘ No Fences, which posted 41 weeks atop the chart starting in October 1990, as the third-longest-leading album since the list launched in 1964. Just two titles have spent more time at No. 1: Shania Twain’s Come on Over, which dominated for 50 weeks beginning in November 1997, and Randy Travis’ Always & Forever, which ruled for 43 weeks starting in June 1987.
Since its release on June 2, 2017, This One’s for You has earned 2.3 million equivalent album units, with 499,000 in traditional album sales.
The set previously made history, as Combs became the first artist to send his first five Country Airplay entries, all from the album, to No. 1, between May 2017 and this April: “Hurricane,” “When It Rains It Pours,” “One Number Away,” “She Got the Best of Me” and “Beautiful Crazy.”
Meanwhile, Combs’ latest release, The Prequel, ranks at No. 3 on Top Country Albums (14,000, down 14%), after the five-track EP debuted atop the list dated June 22. Lead single “Beer Never Broke My Heart” keeps at its No. 3 peak on the airplay-, streaming- and sales-fueled Hot Country Songs chart. On Country Airplay, it pushes 5-3 for a new high (32.8 million impressions, up 1%).
‘COUNTRY’ CHART DOMINATION Blake Shelton’s “God Country” returns to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs (2-1) for a seventh week at the summit. It dethrones Blanco Brown’s debut hit “The Git Up” (Trailer Trap Music/Broken Bow Music Group/BMG/Wheelhouse/Stoney Creek/Broken Bow), which dips to No. 2 after a week in the top spot.
“Country” leads Country Airplay for a second week (39.5 million impressions, down 1%), while holding at No. 2 on both Country Streaming Songs (13.3 million U.S. streams, up 7%) and Country Digital Song Sales (17,000 sold, down 9%).
DEBUTS “One Thing Right” by Marshmello and Kane Brown arrives at No. 15 on Hot Country Songs, with 9.1 million U.S. streams and 4,000 sold.
Plus, Kenny Chesney’s new single, “Tip of My Tongue” roars onto Country Airplay at No. 20 (12.4 million impressions) and Hot Country Songs at No.40. Written by Chesney, Ross Copperman and pop titan Ed Sheeran, the song was released on June 12 and boosted in its first day by hourly plays on participating iHeartMedia radio stations.
Chesney earns his 90th Country Airplay entry, tying Garth Brooks for the second-most, after George Strait’s 99. Chesney achieves his fifth-highest debut; his most recent, and record 30th, No. 1, “Get Along,” opened at No. 19 in April 2018.