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Morgan Wallen Tallies Second Week at No. 1 on Artist 100, Why Don’t We Hits Top Five

Morgan Wallen
Eric Ryan Anderson

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

Wallen is the fifth country act to spend multiple weeks on top.

Morgan Wallen holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Jan. 30), reigning as the top music act in the U.S. for a second consecutive week thanks to his new album Dangerous: The Double Album.

The set spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 159,000 equivalent album units earned, according to MRC Data, becoming the first country LP to log its first two consecutive weeks on top since Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights in 2015. As Dangerous debuted last week with 265,000 units, it also becomes the first country album to log two weeks of at least 150,000 units since the Billboard 200 began ranking albums by consumption units in December 2014.

Wallen concurrently lands nine songs on the latest Billboard Hot 100 (down from 19, the most ever in a week by a country act), led by “Wasted on You” at No. 24. “7 Summers” follows at No. 25. The songs became Wallen’s first two Hot 100 top 10s, debuting at their Nos. 9 and 6 highs, last week and in August, respectively.

Wallen becomes just the fifth country act to spend multiple weeks at No. 1 on the Artist 100, dating to the chart’s July 2014 launch. Among acts in the genre, Jason Aldean has spent the most time at the summit (three weeks), followed by Kenny Chesney, Luke Combs, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett (two each). Among all genres, Taylor Swift has tallied the most total weeks at No. 1 (45).

Among other Artist 100 chart moves, Why Don’t We re-enters at No. 3, reaching a new peak and the top 10 for the first time, on the strength of the group’s new LP The Good Times and the Bad Ones. The set arrives at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, also a new personal best, with 46,000 units.

The Artist 100 measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.

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