The argument that Luke Combs' This One's For You ranks among the most important debut albums to come out of Nashville in years got bolstered when it tied Shania Twain's 1997 release Come on Over with its 50th week atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
Combs' album, released on June 1, 2017 by Columbia Nashville and River House Artists and re-issued a year later as deluxe edition package This One's For You Too, took the North Carolina native from an artist to watch to a country music superstar in the same stratosphere as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.
The album's double platinum performance is due in part to the success of its five no. 1 country airplay singles: "Hurricane," When It Rains It Pours," "One Number Away," "She Got the Best of Me" and "Beautiful Crazy."
Once Combs' growing fan base stopped streaming nothing but the hits and digested the entire track listing, they discovered further examples of his throwback songwriting and regular guy charm, including "Memories Are Made Of," "Out There," "Beer Can," "Lonely One," "Honky Tonk Highway," "Don't Tempt Me," "I Got Away With You" and This One's For You Too bonus tracks "Houston, We Got a Problem" and "A Long Way."
Despite Combs catching up with Twain's Billboard history, the craziest stats surrounding Come On Over remain untouchable. Sales of over 15 million in the United States alone is a staggering count for anyone, much less a country artist. Since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991, only Metallica's self-titled 1991 album has sold more copies.
Staggering 90's sales figures aside, Combs' debut keeps setting records. In this case, he's bested all but one country album issued since the Billboard Top Country Albums chart began in 1964.
If Combs' debut loses steam soon, it'll probably be because of his anticipated new album. What You See is What You Get arrives Nov. 8 and includes 11 unheard new tracks.