A title of one of its five straight number hits defines the continued success for Luke Combs' debut album This One's for You: "When It Rains It Pours." The 2017 release currently ranks number one on the Top Country Albums chart for a 44th week, breaking Randy Travis' record of 43 non-consecutive weeks set by 1987's Always and Forever.
Combs' album now ranks second overall to Shania Twain's 1997 crossover smash Come on Over. To even approach the accolades of a Twain album that's sold over 15 million copies in the United States alone is a lofty accomplishment for any artist in any genre. For a fuller picture of where Combs now ranks among some of his '90s country heroes' top-sellers, Garth Brooks' No Fences album from 1990 now ranks 4th all time with 41 weeks spent atop the chart.
Other chart accomplishments for Combs include a sixth consecutive number one single in current chart-topper "Beer Never Broke My Heart" from his recent The Prequel EP. At one point, all five songs from The Prequel ranked in the Top 25, making Combs the first artist to the pull off the feat since Johnny Cash in 1959.
In March, Combs became the first artist to ever top all five Billboard country charts--Top Country Albums, Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Song Sales--in consecutive weeks.
With this much commercial momentum on his side, only one forthcoming album feels destined to slow down the sales of Combs' debut: Combs' still-unnamed sophomore effort, out Nov. 8. There are no details yet on the new album's title or track list. Combs has revealed live takes of several new songs this summer, such as "1, 2 Many," "Better Together" and "Reasons." Time will tell if those reveals tested the waters for future album tracks or if we'll get a completely new batch of songs.