CMA and ACM-award winner Luke Combs will release his highly anticipated new EP, The Prequel, June 7 via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville and Sony Music Entertainment Australia. Pre-save/pre-add here.
Produced by Scott Moffatt, the EP features five new songs co-written by Combs including lead single, "Beer Never Broke My Heart," which recently premiered worldwide at country radio (stream/purchase here). The song is currently No. 2 on Billboard's Country Streaming Songs chart with 11 million streams"setting the record for the best first week of streaming ever for a country song"and No. 1 on the Billboard Country Digital Song Sales chart. In celebration of the new music, Combs recently performed the track on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." Watch/share here . Additionally, watch the song's official music video here.
The release of The Prequel adds to an already monumental year for Combs, who is nominated for two awards at the 2019 CMT Music Awards: Video of the Year ("She Got The Best of Me") and CMT Performance of the Year ("Beautiful Crazy" from CMT Crossroads with Leon Bridges). The awards ceremony will broadcast live on CMT from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 5 at 8:00pm ET/7:00pm CT.
Additionally, Combs recently made history as the first artist to simultaneously top all five Billboard country charts for multiple weeks: Top Country Albums, Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Song Sales (dated March 9, March 30 and April 6). Moreover, Combs' ARIA platinum single, "Beautiful Crazy," spent seven-straight weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart"tying the second longest run atop the chart since its launch in 1990. "Beautiful Crazy" is also the first country single shipped to radio already platinum-certified since Taylor Swift's "Red" in 2013, has more than 390 million on-demand streams and makes Combs the first artist ever to send his first five singles to the top of Billboard's Country Airplay chart.
The Prequel is Combs' first release following his RIAA double Platinum and ARIA Gold debut album, This One's For You, which was released June 2, 2017 and has spent a total of 35 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart"the longest reign for a solo male artist in over 25 years. The album also spent 16 weeks at No. 1 in 2018"making it the highest selling country album last year with 1.1 million equivalent album units sold and the only country album to surpass 1 million album units. It's also the most-streamed country album of 2019 so far. Additionally, Combs was awarded Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist, and Top Country Album at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, New Male Artist of the Year at the 2019 ACM Awards, Country Artist of the Year at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards, New Artist of the Year at the 52nd Annual CMA Awards, was nominated for Best New Artist at the 61st GRAMMY Awards and was the recipient of a CMA Triple Play Award for writing three No. 1 songs in a 12 month period.
In Australia, This One's For You debuted at #1 on the ARIA Country Chart and since spent 101 weeks in the ARIA Country Chart and 61 weeks in the ARIA Albums chart. The album also spent 16 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard in 2018"making it the highest selling country album in America last year with 1.1 million equivalent album units sold and the only country album to surpass 1 million album units. It is also the most-streamed country album of 2019 so far with 2.2 billion streams worldwide and over 60 million streams in Australia since it's release.
Combs recently finished up a string of shows in Australia, headlining a sold out CMC Festival and selling out all three of his sideshows in just under ten minutes.
The Prequel Track List
1. Beer Never Broke My Heart (written by Luke Combs, Randy Montana, Jonathan Singleton)
2. Refrigerator Door (written by Luke Combs, Jordan Brooker)
3. Even Though I'm Leaving (written by Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Ray Fulcher)
4. Lovin' On You (written by Luke Combs, Thomas Archer, Ray Fulcher, James McNair)
5. Moon Over Mexico (written by Luke Combs, Ray Fulcher, Dan Isbell, Jonathan Singleton)