Sales and streams of Morgan Wallen’s sophomore project, Dangerous: The Double Album, continue to soar as the album claims its sixth consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 chart.
Despite industry backlash following his use of a racial slur, Billboard reports that Wallen has now logged the most weeks at No.1 on the chart for a male artist since 2016 when Drake’s Views sat at the top for 13 nonconsecutive weeks.
Dangerous is only one of three albums that have spent at least six weeks atop the Billboard 200 in the last five years, joining Taylor Swift’s Folklore and Drake’s Views.
According to reports, Wallen is now the best-selling artist in America so far this year.
Wallen also made history within the country genre as Dangerous is the first country album released by a man to log six weeks at No.1 since 1995 when Garth Brooks’ The Hits sat atop the chart for eight nonconsecutive weeks. Additionally, Dangerous is the first non-compilation album from a male artist with six weeks at No.1 since 1992 when Brooks’ The Chase spent seven weeks at No.1.
The latest chart records come nearly two 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 for 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.
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 say that’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.”