Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album continues to rule the Billboard 200 chart for an eighth week, all consecutively, after having bowed atop the tally seven weeks ago (chart dated Jan. 23). Dangerous is now one of only six country albums that have spent at least eight weeks in total at No. 1.
Dangerous earned 82,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending March 4 (down 7%), according to MRC Data.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new March 13, 2021-dated chart (where Dangerous is No. 1 for an eighth week) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on March 9. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
Of Dangerous’ 82,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending Feb. 25, SEA units comprise 75,000 (down 7%, equaling 103.33 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), album sales comprise 6,000 (down 4%) and TEA units comprise 1,000 (down 13%).
Dangerous now ties Taylor Swift’s 2020 album Folklore for the second-most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in the last five years — among albums of all genres. Each has tallied eight weeks at No. 1. Drake’s Views has the most weeks at No. 1 in the last five years, with 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 (all in 2016).
Dangerous continues to move up the list of country albums with the most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, since the chart began publishing on a regular weekly basis in March of 1956. (Country albums are defined as those that have charted on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.) Dangerous is also the only country set to spend its first eight weeks on the chart at No. 1.
Country Albums With Most Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200:
Artist, Title, Weeks at No. 1 (Year[s])
Garth Brooks, Ropin’ the Wind, 18 (1991-92)
Billy Ray Cyrus, Some Gave All, 17 (1992)
Taylor Swift, Fearless, 11 (2008-09)
Garth Brooks, The Hits, eight (1995)
Eagles, Hotel California, eight (1977)
Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album, eight to-date (2021)
For the third week in a row, no albums debut in the top 10 on the Billboard 200. The chart last housed top 10 arrivals on the Feb. 20-dated list, when Foo Fighters’ Medicine at Midnight and Pooh Shiesty’s Sheisty Season debuted at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.
The last time the chart went without top 10 debuts for three straight weeks in January of 2019 on the Jan. 12, 19 and 26-dated charts (thanks to a quiet post-Christmas release schedule). The last time the top 10 was absent of debuts for three weeks in a row outside of the post-Christmas period was on the charts dated Dec. 16, 23 and 30, 2000 (when the chart ranked titles only by album sales, before it transitioned to a multi-metric consumption ranking in December 2014). In 2000, the only album released after Thanksgiving (Nov. 23) to bow in the top 10 was Snoop Dogg’s Tha Last Meal, which was released on Dec. 19 and debuted at No. 9 on the Jan. 6, 2001-dated chart.
Back on the new Billboard 200, The Weeknd’s compilation album The Highlights rises 12-2, matching its peak, with 52,000 equivalent album units earned (up 96%). The set includes many of the artist’s best-known hits, including “Blinding Lights” and “Save Your Tears” — both of which are also on his last studio album, 2020’s After Hours.
On the latest chart, the TEA and SEA units for both songs contribute to The Highlights, as a song’s activity is assigned to the artist’s album with the most sales in a week. (The Highlights sold 3,000 copies in the latest tracking week, while After Hours sold 2,000.) A week ago, the TEA and SEA for both songs were directed to After Hours (which in that frame outsold The Highlights 3,000 to 2,000). In turn, with the songs’ activity moving to The Highlights, the After Hours album moves 6-163.
Pop Smoke’s former No. 1 Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon is a non-mover at No. 3 with 42,000 (down 1%), Pooh Sheisty’s Sheisty Season climbs 5-4 with 36,000 (down 4%) and Lil Durk’s The Voice dips 4-5 with 36,000 (down 7%).
A pair of former No. 1s are next, as Ariana Grande’s Positions falls 2-6 with 32,000 units (down 34%) and Lil Baby My Turn rises 10-7 with 30,000 units (up 4%). Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia is steady at No. 8 with 29,000 units (down 2%), Luke Combs’ former chart-topper What You See Is What You Get is stationary at No. 9 with 28,000 units (down 2%) and Juice WRLD’s former leader Legends Never Die is up 11-10 with 27,000 units (down 2%).