Morgan Wallen’s ‘Dangerous’ Tops the Album Charts for 5 Weeks Straight
Two weeks after a widespread scandal, Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous album remains a chart-topper.
In a clip that surfaced earlier this month, Wallen is on camera yelling a slur after drinking with friends. The day after the video surfaced, Wallen’s music was removed from radio stations and streaming service playlists. Wallen’s label also mentioned that it would suspend Wallen’s contract.
Morgan Wallen is one of the fastest-rising new country stars, despite the controversy.
In a five-minute video Wallen posted to Twitter last week, he apologized and said he was wrong. “It’s on me to take ownership for this, and I fully accept the penalties I’m facing,” Wallen told fans. Despite those penalties, fans have embraced the country singer, boosting his album to the top of the charts.
Dangerous has now spent five weeks sitting at the #1 spot on the Billboard album chart. That’s the equivalent of 150,000 album sales in the United States. According to a New York Times report, Wallens’ songs were streamed 146 million times last week. That’s down from the high of 154 million the week prior.
Morgan Wallen Dangerous traditional album sales were up 49% to 37,000 last week.
Wallen’s new album isn’t the only one receiving renewed attention, however. His previous album from 2018, entitled If I Know Me, has also received a boost from the controversy. It jumped to the #10 spot on the Billboard best-selling albums chart. That’s the highest position for the album since release and up seven spots from #17 last week.
In talking about the incident, Wallen has asked fans not to defend him. He described it as a 72-hour bender and said he has been sober since it happened. “One thing I’ve learned already that I’m specifically sorry for is that my words matter, that words can truly hurt a person, and at my core, that’s not what I’m OK with,” Wallen told fans. “This week, I heart first-hand some personal stories from Black people that honestly shook me.”
Singer and songwriter Jason Isbell, whose composition “Cover Me Up” was covered by Wallen on the Dangerous album, has also responded. He says he will donate any of his proceeds from the album to the Nashville chapter of the NAACP. Isbell thanked fans on Twitter, saying, “thanks for helping out a good cause, folks.”
Last week, Spotify launched a deep-dive on the Dangerous album, despite removing it from playlists like Hot Country. Spotify also launched an exclusive playlist dedicated to the album and its music.