ACM, CMA and CMT Award-winning artist Luke Combs will make his debut as the musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live next Saturday, February 1st, with host J.J. Watt.
The performance is just the latest achievement in what continues to be a groundbreaking and historic series years for Combs. In November, his critically acclaimed new album, What You See Is What You Get, debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart as well as Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with 172,000 equivalent units sold. It was also a global No. 1 album, topping charts in Canada, Australia and the U.K. Out now River House Artists/Columbia Nashville, the record enjoyed the largest streaming week ever for a country album with 74 million on-demand streams. It also achieved the biggest first week album streams ever for a country artist on Apple Music and was the first country album ever to hit No. 1 on the platform’s U.S. overall albums chart, while also setting a new global record for first-week streams for a country album at Spotify and breaking the Amazon Music record for more first-week streams than any other country album debut.
Produced by Scott Mfatt, What You See Is What You Get features 17 songs including the five tracks previously released The Prequel EP last summer. The EP debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with all five tracks charting on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Top 25 — a feat not accomplished by any artist in 60 years since Johnny Cash in 1959. Additionally, Combs’ most recent single, “Even Though I’m Leaving,” spent its third week at No. 1 at country radio, making it Combs’ seventh consecutive No. 1 — a first on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.
In celebration the release, Combs is set to headline his first ever stadium show at Appalachian State University’s Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, NC on May 2nd. The sold out stadium show is part Combs’ What You See Is What You Get Tour, which continues Combs’ historic success on the road with all ten the concerts selling out immediately after going onsale, including two record-breaking feats: Lexington, KY’s Rupp Arena sold-out in 12 minutes — breaking the record for the fastest sell-out in the venue’s 43-year history (previously set by Paul McCartney); and University Park, PA’s Bryce Jordan Center broke the venue’s record for fastest single-show sell-out (previously held by Luke Bryan).