On This Day: Luke Combs’ Debut Album Hits No. 1 in 2017

by Jim Casey
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Luke Combs started a record-tying run when his debut album, This One’s for You, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart on June 24, 2017. Since that time, the album has spent 50 weeks atop the chart, tying the all-time record set by Shania Twain’s 1997 album, Come On Over.

The Luke Combs superstorm actually began in October 2016 when he released the album’s lead single, “Hurricane.” The tune peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in May 2017, just before the release of This One’s for You.

Luke’s debut album—and subsequent 2018 Deluxe version—spawned five No. 1 hits: “Hurricane,” “When It Rains It Pours,” “One Number Away,” “She Got the Best of Me,” and “Beautiful Crazy.” Luke became the first country artist whose first five singles reached No. 1. Amazingly, each single spent multiple weeks at No. 1, sans “One Number Away.” In fact, “Beautiful Crazy” topped the chart for seven weeks, which is still the longest streak of Luke’s career.

The strength of Luke’s debut album helped him win the CMA Award for New Artist of the Year in 2018, as well as New Male Artist of the Year at the ACM Awards in 2019.

The RIAA certified This One’s for You as 3X Platinum for sales of 3 million units in December 2019.

No Sophomore Slump for Luke

Of course, when Luke geared up to released his sophomore album, What You See Is What You Get, in November 2019, the expectations were high. The album’s lead single, “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” had already topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart in August, marking his sixth straight No. 1 single. In fact, the album’s second single, “Even Though I’m Leaving,” was well on its way to No. 1 when Luke dropped What You See Is What You Get.

As expected, What You See Is What You Get debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. In addition, the album debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. Like its predecessor, every single on What You See Is What You Get—and the subsequent 2020 Deluxe version—reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

Currently, the album’s “Forever After All” is No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart for the fourth week. The single marks Luke’s 11th consecutive chart-topper.

What You See Is What You Get was named Album of the Year at the 2020 ACM Awards and 2020 CMA Awards.

The RIAA certified What You See Is What You Get as 2X Platinum in January 2021. In addition, Luke’s sophomore album has spent more than 25 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. He is the first artist in history whose debut and sophomore albums have spent 25 weeks or more at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

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