Luke Combs Continues Record-Breaking Year With Chart-Topping Album and Song
There’s no stopping the force that is country superstar Luke Combs. After dropping his 17-track sophomore album, What You See…
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There’s no stopping the force that is country superstar Luke Combs.
After dropping his 17-track sophomore album, What You See Is What You Get, on November 8, the North Carolina native debuted at the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart as well as Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with a whopping 172,000 equivalent units sold. The album also topped the charts globally, with a No.1 debut in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.
In addition, What You See Is What You Get notched 74 million on-demand streams during its debut week, making it the largest streaming week ever for a country album.
That not all – Combs’ current hit single, “Even Though I’m Leaving,” reached the top of both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts this week, marking Combs’s seventh consecutive chart-topping single.
These achievements come on the heels of Combs’ incredible night at last week’s CMA Awards where he was crowned CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and took home the trophy for Song of the Year for “Beautiful Crazy.”
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.