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Morgan Wallen Makes Record-Setting Start on Country Charts With 'Dangerous': 'This Is Absolutely Insane'

Morgan Wallen
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Morgan Wallen

Wallen is the first artist ever to debut at No. 1 on Top Country Albums & Hot Country Songs simultaneously.

Morgan Wallen's second LP, Dangerous: The Double Album, blasts in at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts dated Jan. 23, while the set's "Wasted on You" launches atop Hot Country Songs.

Wallen is the first artist ever to debut at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and Hot Country Songs simultaneously.

Sporting 30 songs, the set, released Jan. 8 on Big Loud/Republic, launches with 265,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Jan. 14, according to MRC Data.

Wallen earns his first Billboard 200 leader, after his first LP, If I Know Me, debuted in May 2018 and reached No. 13 in August 2020. With Dangerous, he adds his second Top Country Albums No. 1, with If I Know Me having reached the summit last August in its record-breaking 114th week; on the latest list, it ranks at No. 5 (17,000 units, up 6%).

"This is absolutely insane," Wallen tells 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," Wallen muses. "I'm blown away by the success of this record and all 30 of these songs. I will never forget this."

Here's a deeper look at Wallen's latest achievements.

Record streams: Of Dangerous' 265,000 opening-week units, streaming equivalent albums (SEA) comprise 184,000, equaling 240.2 million on-demand streams of the album's songs; album sales contribute 74,000; and track equivalent albums (TEA) equal 7,000. The set scores the largest streaming week ever for a country album, more than doubling the 102.3 million streams achieved by Luke Combs' What You See Is What You Get (Nov. 7, 2020).

Best week overall in two years: With 265,000 overall units, Dangerous boasts the biggest week for a country album since Carrie Underwood's Cry Pretty arrived with 266,000 in September 2018. Wallen achieves the largest week for a solo male since Luke Bryan's Kill the Lights opened with 345,000 in August 2015.

First No. 1 double debut: Wallen becomes the first artist ever to debut simultaneously at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart, where Dangerous track "Wasted on You" rockets in on top. He's also the only artist with multiple No. 1 Hot Country Songs debuts in the chart's 62-year history, as the new set's "7 Summers" launched in the top spot on Aug. 25, 2020.

With "Wasted on You," Wallen earns his third No. 1 on the chart. He first led with "Whiskey Glasses" for two weeks starting in May 2019.

"Wasted on You" begins with 17.9 million U.S. streams and 10,000 downloads sold and flies in atop Country Streaming Songs (marking his fifth No. 1) and Country Digital Song Sales (third).

6 of 10, 27 of 50: Making more history, Wallen swarms the Hot Country Songs top 10 with a one-week record six titles, all from Dangerous. Previously, seven acts (including Wallen) placed as many as three tracks in the top 10 at once. Joining "Wasted," "More Than My Hometown" ranks at No. 3, followed by "7 Summers" (No. 4), "Somebody's Problem" (No. 6), "Sand in My Boots" (No. 8) and "Warning" (No. 10). With his windfall, Wallen has now earned 11 Hot Country Songs top 10s.

Overall, 27 of the 30 tracks on Dangerous chart on the 50-position Hot Country Songs chart, also a new weekly best. Previously, Combs claimed the most with 16 (Nov. 23, 2019).

'Summers' in winter: "7 Summers" continues its ascent on the Country Airplay chart, reaching the top 20 for the first time. It climbs 21-17 in its 22nd week, up 26% to 12.3 million audience impressions in the week ending Jan. 17.

"More Than My Hometown" topped the Nov. 28-dated chart, becoming Wallen's fourth Country Airplay No. 1, all achieved consecutively. His first three leaders were released from If I Know Me: "Chasin' You" (one week at No. 1, May 2020); "Whiskey Glasses" (three, June 2019); and "Up Down," featuring Florida Georgia Line (one, June 2018).