Morgan Wallen Dominates Charts For Second Week

Morgan Wallan's "Dangerous: The Double Album" has amassed 424,000 equivalent album unit sales in two weeks.

Despite moments where he seemed to be utterly unaware of who he was and acting like he shouldn’t have been, Big Loud/Republic Recording artist Morgan Wallen’s past two years as an artist has been nothing short of the definition of “rocket ship.” As in he’s on a rocket ship to superstardom and even those indiscretions (partying too much on Broadway in Nashville and hanging out massless with coeds in Tuscaloosa during a pandemic) have a feel of being in his rearview. As such, it’s no surprise, then, that the singer behind fall’s surprise Billboard Hot 100 Singles #1 “7 Summers” would find his sophomore album project, Dangerous: The Double Album on the top of the charts for a second week.

Wallen is the first country artist since Chris Stapleton (Traveller) in 2015 to spend two weeks at #1. Luke Bryan was the other most-recent country artist to top the chart -- a chart mostly lead by hip hop and pop acts -- in the 'streaming era.'

Surprising nobody whose been watching the charts, Wallen has maintained his place on the Billboard 200 chart thanks to the thirty tracks that pace his album. Including the #1 hit “More Than My Hometown” and the aforementioned “7 Summers,” the album has a wide variety of songs that fall into the “bro,” “boyfriend” and straight up country songs categories along with the country album version of the Platinum single “Heartless” with Diplo, the two disc collection is a wide variety of songs and certainly the mass appeal of the artist’s music itself as he set records a week ago with the largest streaming week for a country album in history.

Wallen also set a bar in all genres and streaming platforms as he broke records worldwide with most first-week streams and on-demand Alexa requests of any country album on Amazon Music, had the most-added artist station across all genres in Pandora and was in the Top 10 most streamed. 27 of the album’s 30 tracks debuted inside the Top 50 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, with six in the top 10, a massive new record. “Wasted On You,” another early favorite from the album, debuted at #1 making Morgan the only artist with multiple #1 song debuts in the chart’s history. The song also follows “7 Summers” by debuting in the all-genre Hot 100 Songs Top 10, where it hit #9. Finally, Morgan is the first artist to have a song and album debut at #1 on the Top Country Albums and Hot Country Songs charts simultaneously.

Wallen’s album’s two weeks of consumption is approaching 500,000 album equivalent in total consumption, which is remarkable and given how the RIAA works with double album “sales” for certification, Dangerous: The Double Album is virtually platinum in just two weeks on the market. That, is a remarkable feat that puts Wallen in the rare aire of artists like Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and the Dixie Chicks to amass such sales numbers so quickly.


  • Courtney Puzzo

    Morgan is about to earn his 3 week at #1 and become eligible to be RIAA certified Gold for shipping/selling more than 500,000 copies of his album Dangerous the double album though he may struggle to get more than 1.5 million equivalent sales total for the year due to percentage lost year over year also there's a time constraint rule for double albums to be counted as 2 units for certification 100 minutes or more and unfortunately the standard edition of dangerous the double album just misses at 96.53 minutes so its counted as I album so 500,000 is Gold while for example Shania's album UP sold 3.1 million copies in its first 8 weeks of release from November 19th 2002 to January 25th 2003 or 6 x platinum by the 100 minutes rule reaching diamond in December 2003 and 11x platinum in September 2004 or Adele's 21 took 21 months to reach diamond November 28th 2012 and 67 months to reach 14x platinum in September 2016 about 100 albums are RIAA Certified diamond for sales exceeding 10,000,000 copies Garth Brooks has 9 The Beatles have 6 Shania Twain Whitney Houston & The Eagles have 3 each Backstreet Boys Britney Spears Dixie Chicks Mariah Carey N'Sync and soon to be joined by Taylor Swift and Journey each have 2 the top 5 albums of the Soundscan era May 25th 1991 to present are Metallica's black album 17.14 million Shania Twain 15.77 million Alanis Morrisette Jagged Little Pill 15.2 million of 16 million certified Beatles 1 13 million Bob Marley and The Wailers Legend 12.3 million. as for weekly sales records Adele holds several first album to sell 3.4 million copies in a week first album to sell over a million copies in 3 different chart weeks slowest time to sell 8 million equivalent copies 6 weeks selling 15 million worldwide in 6 weeks etc. 16.67% of that total from her native UK 53.3 percent from the US mind you its predecessor is UK's top selling female album in history at 5.24 million 21 is 5th best selling album in UK history while 25 is currently #14 with 3.65 million copies several in the top ten best sellers received updated certifications by BPI in August 2020 including Queen Greatest Hits 22x platinum Abba Gold Greatest Hits 19x platinum Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band 18x platinum Fleetwood Mac Rumours 14 x platinum etc