Morgan Wallen ‘Blown Away’ By Record-Breaking Success of ‘Dangerous’
“This is absolutely insane,” Wallen says.
Morgan Wallen; Photo by Jamie Schramm/CMA
Morgan Wallen made history with the release of his sophomore project, Dangerous: The Double Album.
Not only did the 30-track effort debut at No.1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, but it also earned the largest streaming week for a country album in history.
Additionally, Dangerous smashed records across all streaming platforms. According to a press release, the album broke global debut records for most first-week streams and on-demand Alexa requests of any country album on Amazon Music. Wallen was the No.1 most added artist station across all genres on Pandora and among the top 10 highest streamed artists of the week. On Spotify, Dangerous set the biggest all-time first-day stream record for a country album and set the record for the biggest first day and biggest first week for a country album of all-time at Apple Music in just two days.
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Wallen set a new record on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Top 50, with 27 of the 30 songs landing on the chart (with six in the Top 10). “Wasted On You” debuted at No.1, making Wallen the only artist with multiple #1 Hot Country Songs debuts in the chart’s 62-year history. The song also earns him his second Hot 100 Top 10, debuting at #9 this week and touting 19 current entries throughout the chart. Wallen is the first artist ever to debut at #1 on the Top Country Albums and Hot Country Songs charts simultaneously.
“This is absolutely insane,” Wallen told Billboard. “Thank you to the fans for making this one of the best weeks of my life. When we decided to go for it with a double album, I knew we were taking a risk, but I believed in the music and hoped it would be something y’all loved. This goes way beyond any of my expectations. I have to thank my family and friends for always believing in me, my team for all of their hard work in putting this project together, and everyone who has supported me along the way. I’m blown away by the success of this record and all 30 of these songs. I will never forget this!”
All in all, Dangerous raked in 265,000 in total consumption and over 240 MILLION streams, securing the title of No.1 streaming album and had the No.1 streaming week for a country album. The project earned the biggest week for a country album since 2018 and the biggest country album without a ticket bundle since 2015.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.