Luke Combs‘ second full-length, What You See Is What You Get, blasts in at No. 1 on the Nov. 23-dated Top Country Albums chart, starting with 172,000 equivalent album units (109,000 in album sales) in the week ending Nov. 14, according to Nielsen Music.
The set is Combs’ third leader on the list, following his first LP, 2017’s This One’s for You, and this year’s EP The Prequel.
The new release also tops the all-genre Billboard 200, marking Combs’ first No. 1. This One’s for You and The Prequel EP each reached No. 4.
Combs’ new album’s debut frame was bolstered by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer tied to Combs’ upcoming tour, plus merchandise/album bundles sold via his official website.
With his latest bow, Combs collects his best week in units and the largest week for a country album in over a year, since Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty launched with 266,000 (Sept. 29, 2018).
Plus, What You See Is What You Get logged 58,000 in streaming equivalent albums (SEA), which translates to 74 million on-demand audio streams for the album’s 17 songs during the tracking week. That breaks the one-week streaming record for a country album, previously held by Gene Autry’s Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Other Christmas Classics (43.7 million; Jan. 5, 2019).
As for Combs’ prior history on Top Country Albums, This One’s for You arrived atop the chart dated June 24, 2017 (with 43,000 units). The set followed his same-named EP, which debuted at No. 36 in December 2015 and peaked at No. 24 in May 2017. A deluxe version of the LP, released on June 1, 2018, sparked the title’s top weekly unit count (55,000, as reflected on the chart dated June 16, Combs’ former biggest week). The LP, at No. 2 on Top Country Albums (21,000, up 11%), has logged 50 weeks at No. 1, tying Shania Twain’s Come On Over for the most weeks at the summit — 50 each — in the chart’s nearly 56-year history.
Combs achieved his second Top Country Albums No. 1 when The Prequel bowed on top on June 22 with 48,000 units.
Concurrently, Combs banks his record-extending seventh straight career-opening No. 1 single on Country Airplay, as “Even Though I’m Leaving” ascends 2-1 in its 15th week, up 12% to 41.5 million audience impressions in the week ending Nov. 17.
The track, which Combs co-wrote with Wyatt Durrette and Ray Fulcher, is the second single from What You See Is What You Get. It follows “Beer Never “Broke My Heart,” which became Combs’ sixth No. 1, for two weeks in August.
As Combs concurrently sends titles to their first weeks at No. 1 on both Country Airplay and Top Country Albums, he is the first to achieve the feat since Dan + Shay, whose “Tequila” hit the top of Country Airplay, as the duo’s self-titled set opened at No. 1 on Top Country Albums on July 7, 2018. Combs is the first solo male to earn such a double since Blake Shelton, whose “Came Here to Forget” and If I’m Honest took over atop the respective tallies dated June 11, 2016.
NEW TOP 10s On the airplay-, streaming- and sales-fueled Hot Country Songs chart, Thomas Rhett earns his 14th top 10 as “Remember You Young” jumps 11-6. The track, which Rhett performed on the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards on Nov. 13, rockets by 99% to 6,000 sold and 15% to 3.7 million U.S. streams in the week ending Nov. 14. It also bumps 5-3 on Country Airplay (31.3 million, up 8%).
Lady Antebellum’s “What if I Never Get Over You” jumps 17-7 on Hot Country Songs, likewise awarding the trio its 14th top 10 via a CMAs assist, as Lady A performed the song with Halsey at the festivities. The song surges by 288% to 10,000 sold and pushes by 6% to 4.2 million clicks. On Country Airplay, it rises 10-8 (24.2 million, up 10%).
Jon Pardi adds his fifth Country Airplay top 10 as “Heartache Medication” lifts 11-7 (24.5 million, up 9%).
Plus, Dustin Lynch banks his sixth Country Airplay top 10 as “Ridin’ Roads” cruises 12-10 (22.5 million, up 14%).