Tracy Chapman Finally Responds To Luke Combs ‘Fast Car’

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Tracy Chapman is finally responding to Luke Combs’ remake of her hit “Fast Car.” It was revealed recently by Combs himself that Tracy hadn’t reached out at all about the song. He never had to talk to her to get permission to record it.

Luke Combs Hasn’t Heard From Tracy Chapman

Luke Combs recently shared that he hadn’t heard from Tracy Chapman about the song. He didn’t have to talk to her before recording it either. He said, “There are licenses for a lot of things. I can’t make any videos — I can’t do a music video. I couldn’t promo that before the album came out.” Luke Combs would also need permission to sing it at an awards show. The singer does pay royalties to Tracy Chapman for the money he earns off of “Fast Car,” though.

Tracy Chapman Shares Thoughts

Tracy Chapman recorded the original of “Fast Car” back in 1988. Now, Tracy Chapman is sharing her thoughts on Luke Comb’s version of the song. She didn’t say anything until it was revealed from Luke that the hadn’t heard from her at all.

Chapman gave a statement to Billboard about her thoughts on the song and how great it is doing for Combs. Here is what she had to say:

“I never expected to find myself on the country charts, but I’m honored to be there. I’m happy for Luke and his success and grateful that new fans have found and embraced ‘Fast Car.’”


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Luke Combs’ version of “Fast Car” is Number 2 on the Billboard charts this week. That is better than Chapman ever did with the song reaching Number 6 on the Billboard charts when she released it. Luke is having huge success with this song and it is constantly playing on the radio. He isn’t the first one to perform it, though. “Fast Car” has been performed by Khalid, Black Pumas, Justin Bieber, Passenger, Sam Smith and Jonas Blue feat. Dakota.

Luke putting out this song hasn’t just helped Chapman by the new version doing well. It turns out that weekly listeners of Chapman’s version have increased 44% since Combs’ version was released. The royalties are rolling in and Chapman should be thrilled with the new success of her song.

Are you surprised that Tracy Chapman is just now speaking out? Sound off in the comments below on your thoughts.

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