Luke Combs Becomes The First Artist This Century To Replace Himself At No.1 On Country Radio Chart

Combs is following in the footsteps of country music icon Willie Nelson with his latest chart feat.

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Lauren Jo Black

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February 20, 2024

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Luke Combs;Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Music Mayhem Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Luke Combs earned his 18th No.1 single this week as “Where the Wild Things Are” claimed its place atop the Mediabase Country Airplay Chart and he made history along the way.

According to country radio insider Chris Owen, this marks the North Carolina native’s 18th solo single to reach No.1 and his 20th No.1 overall including collaborative features such as “Cold Beer Calling My Name” with Jameson Rodgers and “Different ‘Round Here” with Riley Green, which topped the chart just last week. 

Chart History

With this feat, Combs has made history as the first artist this century to replace himself at No.1 on the Mediabase chart, according to U.S. Radio Updater on X

Luke Combs - Where The Wild Things Are
Luke Combs – Where The Wild Things Are

This accomplishment puts the superstar in a league with country music legend Willie Nelson, who managed to replace himself at the top spot on the chart not once, but twice, in 1976 and 1982, as noted by radio insider Chris Huff. 

The most recent instance of an artist surpassing their own No.1 position occurred in 1982 when Nelson’s cover of “Always On My Mind” was overtaken by his collaborative track with Waylon Jennings, titled “Just To Satisfy You.”

Who Wrote “Where The Wild Things Are” by Luke Combs?

“Where The Wild Things Are” was co-written by Randy Montana and Dave Turnbull and had been circulating Nashville for a few years. In fact, the song was almost recorded by one of his musical heroes, Eric Church, before landing in Combs’ hands.

Combs ultimately cut the song for his latest project, Gettin’ Old, and the rest is history.

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Show-Stopping GRAMMYs Performance

It may be only February but 2024 is already shaping up to be another wildly successful year for Luke Combs. Earlier this month, he made headlines with his incredible GRAMMY Awards performance alongside the incomparable Tracy Chapman. 

This performance was a dream-come-true moment for the singer/songwriter and an overall highlight of the GRAMMY Awards ceremony. 

Following the history-making performance of “Fast Car,” Combs reflected on the moment in a heartfelt Instagram post. 

“What an unreal Grammy week to say the least. There were so many laughs, tears, hugs, and cheers that it almost doesn’t seem real. From the hotel hangs and rehearsals, to the dinners and post show pizza, the vibes were HIGH,” he wrote. “I want to thank my whole team for working tirelessly to make this happen and my wife for always being by my side, I love you.”

Of the performance, Combs admitted, “It’s still hard to process how amazing it really was to be up there on that stage.” 

He went on to call it a “defining moment” of his career before showcasing his gratitude toward Chapman. 

Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs perform at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards; Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs perform at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards; Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

“Tracy, I want to send my sincerest thanks to you for allowing me to be a part of your moment. Thank you for the impact you have had on my musical journey, and the musical journeys of countless other singers, songwriters, musicians, and fans alike. I hope you felt how much you mean to the world that night. We were all in awe of you up there and I was just the guy lucky enough to have the best seat in the house.” 

A Post Malone Collaboration Is In The Works

It was recently revealed that Combs had teamed up with Post Malone for a new country collaboration, which will likely be released sometime this year. 

Additionally, the father of two is preparing for the upcoming launch of his highly anticipated 2024 stadium tour. Kicking off on April 12, the upcoming trek will find Combs playing back-to-back nights at several stadiums across the U.S., including 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. 

Luke Combs at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL; Photo by David Bergman
Luke Combs at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL; Photo by David Bergman

Who Is Touring With Luke Combs In 2024?

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,” the two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year previously shared in a statement.

Luke Combs; Photo by David Bergman
Luke Combs; Photo by David Bergman

Does Luke Combs Have A Bar In Nashville?

Later this year, Combs will embark on an entirely new journey within his career with the grand opening of his Nashville bar and entertainment venue, Category 10. While an official grand opening date has yet to be announced the establishment, which will occupy the space where the iconic Wildhorse Saloon once sat, is expected to open its doors this summer. 

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.