Luke Combs Shatters Streaming Records With ‘What You See Ain’t Always What You Get’

Luke Combs’ career shows no signs of slowing down. The ACM Male Artist of the Year is setting new streaming…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 28, 2020


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Luke Combs’ career shows no signs of slowing down. The ACM Male Artist of the Year is setting new streaming records across multiple platforms with his just-released deluxe album, What You See Ain’t Always What You Get.

Combs broke his on record on Apple Music where the album hit No. 1 on the overall U.S. Top Albums chart, making the superstar the only country artist in history to top the chart, doing so twice in the past 12 months. Additionally, the North Carolina native raked in the most first-day streams ever for a country album on the platform. Additionally, the fan-favorite track “Forever After All” also debuted at No. 1 on Apple Music’s Daily Top 100: Global Songs chart and broke the record for the biggest first day of streams for a country song. On top of that, Combs is also Apple Music’s most-streamed country artist in 2020.

Combs also broke his own record on Spotify, achieving the biggest all-time first-day streaming record for a country album. “Forever After All” had the most first day streams for a country track by a solo artist and reached No. 2 on Spotify’s Top 10 Global Song Debuts chart. New tracks “The Other Guy” “Cold As You”and “My Kinda Folk” also landed on the chart.

On Pandora, “Forever After All” became the No. 1 song on the platform’s all-genre Top Thumb Hundred Playlist after being their most thumbed up new song in the last 30 days.

The new streaming records follow countless awards and accolades for Combs, who is currently nominated for six awards at the 54th CMA Awards.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.