By Maxim Mower
Throughout his meteoric rise to stardom, one of Luke Combs’ persisting qualities has been his prioritisation of his fans.
He's now taken this to another level by letting listeners decide his next single at Country Radio. Usually an in-depth, multi-faceted process involving stats-driven analysis, this is a bold move from Combs - but also one that already seems to have paid off.
The choice was between two singles that feature on his new album, Gettin’ Old, namely ‘5 Leaf Clover’ and ‘Love You Anyway’. Although fans fell in love with ‘5 Leaf Clover’ when Combs first teased it a couple of years ago, they ultimately sided with ‘Love You Anyway’.
Shortly after confirming ‘Love You Anyway’ would be his next single, it was announced that Luke Combs had earned the No. 1 and No. 2 most-added songs at Country Radio, for ‘Love You Anyway’ and ‘5 Leaf Clover’ respectively. In doing so, Combs set a new Mediabase, Country Aircheck and R&R chart record.
The ‘Beautiful Crazy’ hitmaker is currently out on the US leg of his 2023 world tour, and fans are excited to see that he's been regularly performing both ‘Love You Anyway’ and ‘5 Leaf Clover’ at his shows.
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With the latter remaining a fan-favourite track, despite not winning this particular vote, we wouldn't be surprised if Combs opts for ‘5 Leaf Clover’ as a single later in the year, once ‘Love You Anyway’ - perhaps inevitably - becomes his 16th consecutive No. 1.
In addition, Combs has sent his celebrated cover of Tracy Chapman's iconic hit, ‘Fast Car’, to US Pop Radio. It follows Morgan Wallen's decision to release his own genre-blending hit, ‘One Thing At A Time’, to US Pop Radio, with both chart-toppers now looking to replicate their country music dominance across other genres.
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