Music’s Hot 100 chart is seeing country music at the top of it again, with Morgan Wallen and Luke Combs delivering historical victories for their genre: for the first time in over four decades, country stars simultaneously hold the top two spots on the music list.
The two songs that put them in the lead are Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night,” which remains in the number one spot on the chart, and Luke Combs’ “Fast Car,” which is a close second. This is Wallen’s twelfth week in a row and fifteenth week total atop the chart thanks to “Last Night,” with Combs’ cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” moving up a spot this week to put him in the second spot.
According to the New York Post, “Last Night” had 72.2 million radio impressions and 29.8 million streams this week alone, with “Fast Car” bringing in 51.3 million radio impressions and 21.2 million streams over the same period.
Making Wallen’s continued dominance of the charts all the more impressive is that it comes despite his having to cancel six weeks of shows because of a vocal chord injury. Additionally, Wallen defied the odds and beat a cancellation attempt after he was heard using a racial slur in a video. He said, at the time, “I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better.”
Republic Records. which distributed his music, stood by his recording studio’s canceling its contract with him, saying that “such behavior will not be tolerated.”
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