Luke Combs Achieves Chart History With ‘Fast Car’ And ‘Love You Anyway’

Each of these tunes appear on the country star’s latest album.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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August 21, 2023

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Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Luke Combs became the first artist in history to have two solo songs charting simultaneously in the Top 10 on US Country Radio (Mediabase) and Billboard’s Country Airplay charts. 

The U.S. Radio Updater reported that this feat is achieved with Combs’ cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” and his heartfelt letter to his wife, Nicole, in “Love You Anyway.”

Milestone Chart Moment

This news is further proof of the massive impact “Fast Car” has had on Combs’ fanbase since its release. Chapman originally wrote and recorded the song in 1988 for her self-titled debut studio album, and when Combs decided to tackle the cover, he made it a point to hold onto the nostalgia while also adding his own signature sound.

For multiple weeks in a row, the song held the top position on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. “Fast Car” marks Combs’ 16th consecutive No.1 single on country radio and his 15th No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. The track has also been certified 2x Platinum and has amassed over 435 million streams worldwide. 

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Latest Album

Both “Fast Car” and “Love You Anyway” appear on Combs’ latest album, Gettin’ Old, which arrived on March 24, 2023. The project features 18 tracks, including “Growin’ Up And Gettin’ Old,” “See Me Now,” “Joe,” “Tattoo On A Sunburn,” “5 Leaf Clover” and more. 

“This album is about the stage of life I’m in right now. One that I’m sure a lot of us are in, have been through, or will go through,” Combs previously explained on social media. He continued, “It’s about coming of age, loving where life is now but at the same time missing how it used to be, continuing to fall for the one you love and loving them no matter what, living in the moment but still wondering how much time you have left, family, friends, being thankful, and leaving a legacy. Me and so many others have poured their hearts and souls into this record and I hope you love it as much as we do.”

Luke Combs, Growin' Up and Gettin' Old
Luke Combs, Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old

Luke Combs is currently in the midst of his massive World Tour, which features 44 shows across 3 continents and 16 countries. This tour has achieved unparalleled scale for a country artist, setting global records and including sold-out performances in Australia and Europe.

After wrapping up this trek in October, Combs has scheduled some much-needed time at home as he and his wife prepare to welcome their second child, who is set to arrive in the upcoming weeks.

2024 Tour

Then in April, the country singer/songwriter will return to the road to launch a set of 25 new U.S. stadium dates dubbed the 2024 Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old Tour. Combs will make two stops at venues such as New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium, Jacksonville’s EverBank Stadium, Santa Clara’s Levi’s® Stadium, Houston’s NRG Stadium, and Phoenix’s State Farm Stadium throughout 2024. 

Nicole Combs and Luke Combs at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023 in Frisco, Texas; Photo by Christopher Polk for PMC, ACM Awards
Nicole Combs and Luke Combs at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023 in Frisco, Texas; Photo by Christopher Polk for PMC, ACM Awards

The Friday night shows include special guests Cody Jinks, The Avett Brothers, Charles Wesley Godwin, Hailey Whitters, and The Wilder Blue, while the Saturday shows will feature Jordan Davis, Mitchell Tenpenny, Drew Parker, and Colby Acuff.

“We got an opportunity to do two shows in some U.S. markets on the World Tour, but when I found out we were going to be able to do two shows for most all of the cities on the 2024 tour, I decided I wanted each show to have their own unique set up of openers, as well as my own unique setlist. I thought this would give people an opportunity to come to both nights if they want, but see two completely different shows,” Combs shared in a statement. 

Combs went on to explain that he made it a point to select a lineup that spans all different kinds of country music, giving fans a unique experience with each performer who steps on stage.  

“With Country music being such a wide genre and being a huge fan of it all myself, I wanted to open up my stage to acts that lean into Outlaw, Americana and Red Dirt on Friday nights, as well as having a night with people I have toured with in the past, who are more contemporary country,” he continued. “I’m super excited to have both groups be out on the road with me for the Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old Tour!”

Tickets

Pre-sale tickets for the 2024 Growin’ Up And Gettin’ Old Tour will be available beginning Wednesday, August 23 at 4PM local time and general on-sale starts Friday, August 25 at 10AM local time. 

Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Combs’ official fan club, The Bootleggers will receive early access to tickets with an official pre-sale on Wednesday, August 23 at 10 AM local time. Starting on Tuesday, August 22 at 2PM local time, The Bootleggers will enjoy an exclusive chance to secure 2-day tickets. Notably, Citi holds the distinction of being the official credit card partner for the 2024 Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old Tour. Citi cardmembers are also granted early access to pre-sale tickets. This pre-sale window will be accessible from Thursday, August 24, starting at 10AM and extending until 10PM local time, facilitated through Citi Entertainment. Complete details can be found at www.citientertainment.com

T-Mobile also returns as the official wireless partner of the tour, giving T-Mobile customers exclusive access to preferred tickets at every U.S. tour stop—even sold-out shows. Customers can get their Reserved Tickets starting 30 days prior to each show at first-day prices, just another way the Un-carrier thanks its customers simply for being customers.

For more information, visit t-mobile.com/music

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.