Wallen dominates charts
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
– Morgan Wallen dominated the Billboard charts with the release of "Dangerous: The Double Album" last week. Not only did Wallen have the number one selling album in the country, he also landed 27 of the disc's 30 songs made the Billboard Hot Country Songs Top 50, with six in the Top 10.
Wallen earned the largest streaming week for a country album in history with 240 million.
"Wasted On You" debuts at number one, making Wallen the only artist with multiple number one Hot Country Songs debuts in the chart's 62-year history. The song also earned him his second Hot 100 Top 10, debuting at nine this week and touting 19 current entries throughout the chart. Wallen is the first artist ever to debut in first on the Top Country Albums and Hot Country Songs charts simultaneously.
Wallen's cover of Jason Isbell's "Cover Me Up" has been played more than 106 million times on Spotify. "More Than My Hometown" is close to 101 million plays.
"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."
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