According to Nielsen Music, Luke Combs’ debut album, This One’s For You, is the most popular country album so far in 2019 and nobody else is even in the same ballpark. If Luke Combs is Wrigley Field, the rest of country music is playing at the shitty park district diamond that’s overrun with weeds, plus it’s missing like 15 feet of outfield fence for some reason, so anytime you shoot a gapper into right center it just keeps rolling and rolling and rolling… oh yeah, and it floods like a motherfucker. A good rain will keep you off of it for a at least 3 days. THAT field.
Baseball analogies aside, Luke is absolutely killing it. So far this year, he has racked up 605,000 albums, based on overall equivalent album units, which is basically a fancy way of taking streaming numbers into account. Dan + Shay’s self-titled album is in a distant second with 387,000 , while Chris Stapleton’s Traveller is in 3rd place at an even farther 292,000.
Luke’s hit single, “Beautiful Crazy,” tops the charts when it comes to total on-demand streams, (audio streams and video streams combined) with 235.7 million and the #1 country audio stream as well, with 148.4 million.
Here’s the full list:
2019’s Mid-Year Top 10 Country Albums in Overall Equivalent Album Units:
1. Luke Combs, This One’s for You (605,000)
2. Dan + Shay, Dan + Shay (387,000)
3. Chris Stapleton, Traveller (292,000)
4. Florida Georgia Line, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country (284,000)
5. Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour (274,000)
6. Kane Brown, Experiment (251,000)
7. Maren Morris, Girl (248,000)
8. Jason Aldean, Rearview Town (237,000)
9. Kane Brown, Kane Brown (231,000)
10. Morgan Wallen, If I Know Me (211,000)
However, as far as traditional album copies go, King George is still on the throne with 113,000 copies sold.
2019’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Country Albums:
1. George Strait, Honky Tonk Time Machine (113,000)
2. Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour (97,000)
3. Luke Combs, This One’s For You (91,000)
4. Florida Georgia Line, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country (82,000)
5. Chris Stapleton, Traveller (80,000)
6. Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty (79,000)
7. Maren Morris, Girl (60,000)
8. Thomas Rhett, Center Point Road (59,000)
9. Dan + Shay, Dan + Shay (53,000)
10. Brooks & Dunn, Reboot (52,000)
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