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Morgan Wallen Scores Record-Setting Week on Billboard Global 200

Morgan Wallen
Eric Ryan Anderson

Morgan Wallen photographed on December 16, 2020 in Whites Creek, Tenn.

He charts 19 songs, as high as No. 19, the most ever in the chart’s 19-week history.

Dangerous: The Double Album has brought Morgan Wallen to a new stratosphere of chart success. The supersized LP is Wallen’s first to debut atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and gives the Tennessean his first No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200, while sparking his first frame atop the Artist 100 (dated Jan. 23).

But beyond the confines of country music or even the top acts across the U.S., Wallen lands 19 songs on the latest Billboard Global 200, the most that any artist has charted in a single week in the survey’s history so far; the ranking, and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart, launched with lists dated Sept. 19, 2020.

The Wallen parade is topped by the album’s “Wasted on You,” new at No. 19 on the Global 200. In the tracking week ending Jan. 14, it earned 20.2 million streams and sold 12,000 downloads worldwide, according to MRC Data. The song arrives as Wallen’s highest-charting hit yet on the Global 200.

“Wasted on You” leads 13 debuts from Dangerous, followed in the chart’s top half by “Sand in My Boots” (No. 47), “Warning” (No. 65), “865” (No. 67)” and “Cover Me Up” (No. 100).

Meanwhile, six of Wallen’s 19 entries charted in the build-up to Dangerous. “Somebody’s Problem,” “7 Summers” and “More Than My Hometown” all jump more than 100 positions, reaching new peaks, and “Still Goin’ Down,” “Heartless” and “Livin’ the Dream” all re-enter.

Wallen’s 19 simultaneous Global 200 hits push him past Ariana Grande (17 on the Nov. 14-dated chart), Bad Bunny (16 on Dec. 12), Taylor Swift (15, Dec. 26) and Grande (15, Nov. 21) for the weekly record. Kid Cudi, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin have also charted double-digit totals in single weeks so far. (Obviously, Wallen helped his cause by releasing an album 30 songs deep.)

The acts above who Wallen surpasses are streaming giants, in traditionally streaming-friendly genres, often able to land an entire album’s worth of songs on various tallies in a new project’s debut chart week. As for the next-closest country artist with such a robust week on the Global 200, Luke Combs simultaneously charted six songs on the Nov. 7-dated tally.

Wallen and Combs are both anomalies for the genre. Not counting Christmas-themed songs, Chris Stapleton is the only other country act to have multiple songs on the Global 200 in the same week; on three occasions, he charted two songs simultaneously.

As for another record, with “Chasin’ You” and “Whiskey Glasses” having previously charted, Wallen’s career sum of Global 200 entries climbs to 21, tying him with Taylor Swift for the most total hits in the chart’s history to date. They top a list of 13 acts that each have more than 10 so far.

Despite Wallen’s towering roster of hits on the Global 200, he has yet to appear on the Global Excl. U.S. tally. This is consistent with top artists in the country genre; Combs has managed one song on the latter list (for one week), as “Forever After All” hit No. 105, while even crossover hits such as Gabby Barrett’s “I Hope” have yet to make the Global Excl. U.S. chart.

Also in line with global country music consumption, Wallen’s streams stem almost entirely from audio streaming services. His 19 charting songs combined for 210.7 million streams worldwide in the tracking week, breaking down to 97% audio streams and 3% video streams. That marks a notable diversion from the 76/24 audio/video split among all songs on this week’s Global 200.