Morgan Wallen Commands Billboard Year-End Charts
The country superstar is ending the year on a high note.
Photo Courtesy Morgan Wallen, Instagram
Morgan Wallen is ending the year on an incredibly high note as he has found himself dominating several year-end Billboard charts.
Top Male Artist
For starters, the East Tennessee native was named the top male artist and landed No. 2 on the overall top artists list. Meanwhile, the triumphant Taylor Swift sits as the overall top female artist for a seventh year.
Wallen has also commanded the Billboard’s 2023 year-end Hot 100 artist chart, marking the first time a primarily country singer/songwriter has hit the top of this chart since late legend Kenny Rogers in 1981.
The accolades continue with his Top Country Album, One Thing At A Time, which dropped last March and sent fans into a frenzy as they flocked to the massive 36-track collection. His third studio album spent 16 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 before claiming the year-end No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums recap.
Along with the album seeing success as a whole, it also spawned the chart-shattering “Last Night,” which is currently leading the 2023 Hot 100 Songs recap. This has turned into a monumental feat for Wallen as he is the first solo male to have headed the weekly Hot Country Songs list since 1959.
Billboard also reported that this achievement marks “the first time that the same artist has led both the year-end Billboard 200 and Hot 100 tallies since Adele in 2011 (with 21 and “Rolling In the Deep,” respectively).”
One Thing At A Time followed Wallen’s equally as successful Dangerous: The Double Album, which topped the recap in 2021 and previously held the title of year-end Billboard 200 Albums champ. This year, this album notched the No. 5 spot after ranking at No. 3 in 2022. According to Billboard, “It’s the first title to spend three years, consecutive or otherwise, in the year-end Billboard 200 Albums top 10 since the soundtrack to The Sound of Music (1965-67).”
How Many Billboard Awards Did Morgan Wallen Win?
This news comes hot on the heels of the 2023 Billboard Music Awards, during which Morgan Wallen celebrated his whopping 11 total victories.
Even though he walked away the top winner of the night, the “You Proof” singer has vowed to stay humble and never let the number of awards change who he is at the end of the day.
“So either way, I promise I’m gonna stay the same regardless if we come home with 10 or zero. I’m gonna give y’all my all every single night, every single time I go into the studio,” he shared with fans, adding, “So thank you … All of these awards are really just, it’s for my fans, man. So thank you guys so much.”
In closing, Wallen reflected on his journey as he said, “You took a boy from East Tennessee driving a two-door Toyota Tacoma and turned me into one of Billboard’s top artists. So, thank you.”
To commemorate the milestone night at Truist Park, the home of the Atlanta Braves, he performed his fan-favorite track ”’98 Braves” in front of several players from the 1998 Braves. The teams pitchers Tom Glavine and John Smoltz were on hand to present Wallen with the honors.
2023 Touring Season Coming To A Close
Morgan Wallen just wrapped up the U.S. dates of his wildly successful One Night at a Time World Tour with shows in Austin (November 16) and Houston (November 18). For his final show of the year, the country star will head to London to perform at the O2 on December 3.
Then in 2024, he will embark on the extended leg of his One Night At A Time World Tour. The recently added dates are set to launch in April at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Mixing rising artists and established country stars, Wallen has tapped a slew of fellow country singers to join him on select dates of the run, including Bailey Zimmerman, Jelly Roll, Jon Pardi, Lainey Wilson, Nate Smith, Bryan Martin, Lauren Watkins and Ella Langley.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.