Luke Combs Rises to The Top
With his second single, “When It Rains It Pours,” Luke Combs finds himself atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart (dated Nov. 25) for the very first time. The determining data that landed him on top was combined from streaming, airplay, and sales.
Combs’ first single “Hurricane” peaked at number 3 on the Hot Country Songs and led country airplay for two weeks towards the end of May. “Rains” is the second single off his debut LP – “This One’s for You.” Luke’s album also found itself on top of the charts with 43,000 album units sold, according to Nielsen Music.
“When It Rains It Pours” has risen 6 percent to 9.6 million streams in the United States. It holds its’ number 2 peak on Country Streaming Songs. After ruling Country Airplay for the first two weeks of November, it remains in the top five falling to number 4. Down 9 percent to a humble 39.9 million audience. Not bad. “Rains” has dropped from number 3 to number 8 on Country Digital Song Sales but gains 6 percent to 14,000 units sold.
When It Rains.. Reigns
So how did Luke Combs find himself atop the Hot Country Songs chart? It wasn’t easy. “When It Rains It Pours” had to dethrone Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina’s “What Ifs”. After it reigned for five weeks on top of Hot Country Songs. Before Kane and Lauren there was Sam Hunt. Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” dominated the charts for a record 34 week run holding the top spot since late February. Little Big Town’s “Better Man”, penned by Taylor Swift, is the only other song that has been in the number 1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart in 2017. “Better Man” won song of the year honors at the Country Music Association Awards on November 8th.
What a year it has been for Luke Combs. Let’s hope he can keep the momentum going in 2018 and he can do the same thing again. It’s always nice to see an artist who made it on their own terms. Creating hit records without a major record deal isn’t an easy thing. However, Luke Combs did it with “Hurricane” and now the rest is history.