Everything We Know About Luke Combs’ Second Album, ‘What You See is What You Get’
After promising his fans that he had big news on the way, Luke Combs delivered on Thursday (Aug. 8). The singer is gearing up to release his highly-anticipated sophomore album, which will be the follow-up to 2017's This One's for You.
On Thursday (Sept. 12), Combs shared more details about the new project including its title, which will be What You See is What You Get. He also released that the project will include "1,2 Many," a '90s throwback that the singer says reminds him of the music he listened to growing up. With the song's release, he'll do that statement one better: Country icons Brooks & Dunn join in to duet on the song.
Combs' debut,This One's for You, was a powerhouse breakout project that kept on giving, spawning a deluxe version (This One's for You Too) and a whopping five chart-topping singles. Earlier in 2019, he continued that streak by releasing an EP called The Prequel. That project's first single, "Beer Never Broke My Heart," shot up the charts to become Combs' sixth career No. 1.
The Prequel made music history in another respect, too, making Combs the first artist to simultaneously place five songs in the Hot Country songs chart's Top 25 since Johnny Cash did so in 1959.
Of course, an EP named The Prequel implied that the singer has another project planned for not too far in the future.Then, new music started emerging -- In recent weeks, Combs has been sharing unreleased clips of new music with fans via social media -- making it seem inevitable that a full-length album was indeed in the works. Now that it's official, read on to learn everything we know about Combs' forthcoming sophomore project.
Combs revealed on Sept. 12 that the title for the new project will be What You See is What You Get.
The Release Date
On Aug. 8, the singer shared on social media that his next project will be released on Nov. 8. A day before officially revealing the date, Combs sneakily included the numbers "11" and "8" in the opening to a clip of behind-the-scenes footage from "Beer Never Broke My Heart"'s music video.
According to the singer, the only person who put the clues together was a fan account. "I hid the album's release date in this video and the only person who noticed it was @LukeCombsUpdate...She's good!" he wrote.
The Record Label
The new project will be released via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville. Combs has worked with both labels previously, on his full-length debut, This One's for You, as well as his 2019 EP, The Prequel.
Scott Moffatt produced What You See is What You Get. He also worked on Combs' debut album.
The Album Cover
Combs' new album's cover art depicts a portrait of the artist painted in an old-school, hand-drawn concert poster style. The cover art comes from a photo taken by David Bergman, which was then painted by Rob Hendon. The artwork also includes the album title depicted in red block letters.
Combs hasn't yet announced an official single for the new project, though not for lack of options. He has recently been sharing clips of a selection of brand-new, unreleased songs on social media. Additionally, the country star notched his sixth No. 1 hit with "Beer Never Broke My Heart," the first single off of his current EP, The Prequel. Combs' next single, "Even Though I'm Leaving," is steadily climbing the charts.
While there is no word yet on whether his newest hit will also make an appearance on the upcoming album, it's not uncommon for songs on EPs to make their way onto full-length projects.
In the weeks leading up to the official album announcement, Combs began sharing new material on his social media account, including the reflective "Reasons" and a ballad, "Better Together." Combs has not said whether these tracks will be included on his new project, nor has be revealed an official track list. However, he has revealed that "1, 2 Many" will be on the new album as a collaboration with Brooks & Dunn, and that that song will be one of 17 new tracks on the project. The five tracks included on The Prequel will also appear on What You See is What You Get.
Combs has not yet announced a trek specifically in support of his new project. There's no shortage of opportunities to see him live, however: The singer recently extended his 2019 Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour, which will span through December and conclude with two nights at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
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