Morgan Wallen jumps from No. 6 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Jan. 23) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time, thanks to the record-setting start of his second studio album, Dangerous: The Double Album.
The set soars in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 265,000 equivalent album units earned, according to MRC Data, as it boasts the largest streaming week ever for a country album (240.2 million on-demand U.S. streams for its 30 songs). It also earns the third-biggest streaming week ever for a non-R&B/hip-hop album, after only Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next (307.1 million in its debut week) and Taylor Swift’s Folklore (289.9 million, also in its debut week).
Wallen concurrently lands 19 of the album’s 30 songs on the latest Billboard Hot 100, setting a new mark for the most concurrent entries on the chart among core country acts. Of those 19 tracks, “Wasted on You” places the highest, debuting at No. 9, earning Wallen his second career top 10. On the Hot Country Songs chart, Wallen logs a one-week-record 27 entries, with “Wasted on You” launching at No. 1.
Wallen becomes the first country act to hit No. 1 on the Artist 100 since Luke Combs in November. Before that, Kenny Chesney topped the list last May.
Among other Artist 100 chart moves, Olivia Rodrigo debuts at No. 3 on the strength of her new single “Drivers License.” The smash blasts in at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with 76.1 million U.S. streams, 8.1 million radio audience impressions and 38,000 downloads sold in its first week, following its Jan. 8 release.
Plus, Barry Gibb enters the Artist 100 at No. 15 as his new album Barry Gibb & Friends: Greenfields – The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1 debuts at the same rank on the Billboard 200. The set of songs written by Gibb and his late brothers Maurice and Robin, including classic 1960s and ’70s chart hits recorded by the Bee Gees, also opens at No. 1 on Americana/Folk Albums, No. 2 on Top Album Sales and No. 3 on Top Country Albums.
The Artist 100, which launched in 2014, 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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