Luke Combs’ Debut Is Now Tied As The Longest-Running No. 1 Country Album Ever

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He may be about to release a new album in just a matter of days, but that doesn’t mean Luke Combs’ fans have tired of listening to his debut full-length, and they keep it going strong, even after almost two and a half years. 

The country superstar’s first album This One’s For You is steady at No. 1 on the current Top Country Albums chart, which ranks the most popular country titles in the U.S. every week mixing sales and streaming equivalents. Combs is no stranger to the highest position on the tally, and now he’s tied the greatest record there is.

Amazingly, This One’s For You has now ruled Billboard’s Top Country Albums ranking for 50 nonconsecutive frames, which stands as the most weeks any title has sat at No. 1 in the history of the list. At present, Combs is tied with Shania Twain’s Come On Over, which also managed 50 turns atop the tally through the late ‘90s. 

Helping keep This One’s For You on the throne for so long are a steady stream of successful singles and a rerelease that featured a number of new tunes. Combs’ music sells well, but it also appeals to a younger audience, and streams factor into his winning week after week more than many other acts in his genre.

This One’s For You was originally released in June of 2017, so it’s coming up on two and a half years of activity, and yet country fans continue to press play on the set in huge numbers. The title has produced eight top 40 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart, including five top three smashes, or all the tracks promoted as proper singles. On the all-genre Hot 100, all five tunes broke into the top 40, a big win for a country act, but his performance when it comes to singles doesn’t compare to Shania Twain’s Come On Over, which pushed half a dozen tracks into the Hot 100’s top 40, three of which reached the top 10, which remains a relatively unheard of feat for a release from the genre.

Combs is releasing a new album this coming Friday (November 8), and it’s surely bound for the top spot on the Top Country Albums chart, so whether the musician is able to pass Twain or whether he’ll remain stuck tied with her remains to be seen, though the timing makes it tough to imagine he’ll be able to collect a fifty-first frame anytime soon.

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