Morgan Wallen’s ‘Dangerous’ Notches 10th Consecutive Week at No.1 on Billboard 200
Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album continues its historic run atop the all-genre Billboard 200 chart this week. According to…
Morgan Wallen; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album continues its historic run atop the all-genre Billboard 200 chart this week.
According to Billboard, the album earned its 10th consecutive week at No.1 on the chart with 69,000 album equivalents in the week ending March 11 (citing MRC Data).
Dangerous is the first album to spend its first 10 weeks at No.1 since Whitney Houston’s Whitney album in 1987. Billboard reports that the only other album in the history of the chart to spend its first 10 weeks at No.1 was Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life in 1976/1977.
Additionally, Wallen’s sophomore effort is the first album to notch 10 consecutive weeks at No.1 in total since Adele’s 21 in 2012.
Dangerous is now one of only four country albums to spend at least 10 weeks at No.1 on the Billboard 200 since the chart’s inception in March of 1956. Other albums that achieved this feat include: Garth Brooks’ Ropin’ the Wind (18 weeks at No.1, 1991-92), Billy Ray Cyrus’ Some Gave All (17 weeks at No.1, 1992) and Taylor Swift’s Fearless (11 weeks, 2008-09).
The latest chart feat comes nearly six weeks after Wallen broke his silence on his use of the N-word with a lengthy apology video shared to social media. During his video message, Wallen asked his fans to stop defending him and promised he was ready to face the consequences of his actions.
“I have one favor to ask, I appreciate those who still see something in me and have defended me but for today, please don’t. I was wrong,” he said. “It’s on me to take ownership for this and I fully accept any penalties I’m facing.”
Wallen has faced extensive backlash following his use of the racial slur. On February 3, one day after the TMZ video surfaced, his label, Big Loud, revealed that his recording contract had been suspended indefinitely. Additionally, his music was pulled from hundreds of radio stations across the country and removed from major playlists across various DSPs, including Spotify and Apple Music. Since then, however, his music has been slowly reinstated on some radio and digital platforms.
The Academy of Country Music revealed that he is ineligible for the upcoming ACM Awards and will not be invited to participate in the show. His content and appearances were also removed from CMT and the Country Music Association and Wallen was dropped by his booking agent, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME).
Wallen did not specifically share what’s next for him in his video message, however, he did acknowledge that it’s all on his shoulders now.
“The time of my return is solely upon me and the work I put in. I still have a lot of really good people in my corner trying to help me and I appreciate them more than you know. I appreciate you more than you know,” he shared. “This entire situation is ugly right now but I’ll keep searching for a way to become an example instead of being made one.”
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