Morgan Wallen Says It’s ‘Humbling’ That His New Album Reaches Chart Success Previously Notched By Whitney Houston
This achievement puts the country star in a league with music icons such as Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder
Morgan Wallen; Photo by John Shearer
Morgan Wallen continues to make history with his third studio album, One Thing At A Time. The project notched its 11th consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts, an achievement only earned by a few other artists, including Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston.
The East Tennessee native’s new album has been sitting atop the Billboard 200 chart since its debut on March 3.
Houston’s 1987 album, Whitney, featuring her iconic hit “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” is the last album to spend 11 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart. Before Whitney, Stevie Wonder’s eighteenth studio album, Songs In The Key Of Life, featuring his hit song “Isn’t She Lovely,” logged its first consecutive 13 weeks at No. 1 in 1976 to 1977.
“These stats are all so humbling and being mentioned in the same sentence as Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston is something I never could have imagined,” Wallen reflects. “But I’m most grateful to everyone who listens to my music. That’s the connection that means the most to me and it’s the best compliment out there – the fact that you guys like it.”
Wallen’s One Thing At A Time has already earned three No. 1 hits to-date. The first chart-topper being “You Proof,” which spent 10 weeks at No. 1, making for the longest running No. 1 in Country radio history. The second No. 1 being “Thought You Should Know,” a tune that remained at the top of the Country Airplay charts for three consecutive weeks.
While his latest No. 1 from the project, “Last Night,” became the fastest-climbing No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay charts since 2015 at just 11 weeks, has spent six non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and now claims the longest Hot 100 reign – surpassing Kenny Rogers’ “Lady” and Johnny Horton’s “The Battle of New Orleans” which spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1980 and 1959, respectively.
Meanwhile, Morgan Wallen’s record-breaking project, Dangerous: The Double Album, notches its 120th non-consecutive week in the Billboard 200 Top 10, second only to the 173 weeks held by the Original Cast Recording, My Fair Lady, back in 1956.
The success of his 5x Platinum sophomore project, Dangerous: The Double Album, has gone on to surpass records previously held by Adele and Bruce Springsteen, clocking in at 120 non-consecutive weeks and counting in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 charts.
The news comes after Wallen was forced to cancel six weeks worth of concerts due to a vocal cord injury.
On Tuesday (May 9), the country superstar took to social media to share the unfortunate news with fans via an emotional video message. In the clip, Wallen revealed that he has been placed on strict vocal rest.
“What’s going on y’all, I’m just going to get straight to it. I got some bad news from my Doctor’s at the Vanderbilt Voice Center yesterday. After taking ten days of vocal rest, I performed three shows last weekend in Florida and by the third one I felt terrible,” he explained. “So, I went in and got scoped yesterday and they told me I injured my vocal cords and that I have vocal fold trauma. Their advice is that I go on vocal rest for six weeks. So that’s what I’m going to do. They want me to not talk at all, but they said it’s okay if I need to for something like this.”
He has since announced rescheduled dates for his 2023 One Night At A Time World Tour, which kicked off with two sold-out shows at American Family Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in April.
“Rescheduled show updates. Will have the final 2 updates posted as soon as I have them,” Wallen wrote alongside the new tour dates.
Wallen’s first show back since the unfortunate cancellations will take place on June 22 at Wrigley field in Chicago, IL.
Produced by Live Nation, the trek will feature support from ERNEST and Bailey Zimmerman on all dates. HARDY and Parker McCollum will also appear on select dates.
The One Night At A Time World Tour marks Wallen’s first-time ever headlining stadiums across the globe for multiple nights.
Morgan Wallen’s Remaining One Night At A Time World Tour Dates
22 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field*#
23 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field*$
27 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
29 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field*#
30 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field*#
6 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium*$
7 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium*$
14 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park*#
15 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park*#
19 – Phoenix, AZ – Chase Field*#
20 – Phoenix, AZ – Chase Field*#
22 – Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium*#
3 – Detroit Lakes, MN – WE Fest^
11 – Columbus, OH – Ohio Stadium*%
12 – Columbus, OH – Ohio Stadium*#
16 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park*#
17 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park*#
18 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park*$
30 – Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park*
31 – Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park*
2 – Washington, DC – FedEx Field*$
8 – Moline, IL – Vibrant Arena
9 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
7 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
10 – Atlanta, GA – Truist Park*
11 – Atlanta, GA – Truist Park*
16 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
18 – Houston, TX – Minute Maid Park*
Morgan Wallen 2023 International Tour Dates
5 – Camrose, AB – Big Valley Jamboree^
24 – Dieppe, NB – YQM Country Fest^
14 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
15 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
16 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
18 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
21 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
22 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
23 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
28 – Winnipeg, MB – Canada Life Centre
29 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
30 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
3 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
4 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
3 – London, UK – The O2
Morgan Wallen 2024 U.S. Tour Dates
9 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium*
17 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium*
18 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium*
6- Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
7 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
TBD – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park*
* Stadium Dates
^ Festival Dates
# HARDY, ERNEST, Bailey Zimmerman
$ Parker McCollum, ERNEST, Bailey Zimmerman
& HARDY, Bailey Zimmerman
% Riley Green, ERNEST
+ HARDY, ERNEST
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