Despite backlash and being removed from country radio and prominent streaming playlists, Morgan Wallen has become the best selling artist of 2021, as his double album, Dangerous, sits at No. 1 for the sixth consecutive week, breaking a record previously held by Garth Brooks.
His six week stint sitting atop the Billboard 200 chart makes history as the most weeks at No. 1 for a male artist’s album since Drake’s Views in 2016. Dangerous is just one of three albums in the last five years to spend at least six weeks at No. 1, the other two albums include Taylor Swift’s Folklore and Drake’s aforementioned Views.
According to Billboard, “Dangerous is also the first country album to spend its first six weeks at No. 1 since The Chase, which ruled the list in its first six weeks. The Chase debuted at No. 1, spent six weeks in charge (Oct. 10-Nov. 14, 1992), then slipped from the top slot for two weeks, returning for one more week at No. 1 (Nov. 28, 1992).”
Billboard also reports, “Dangerous is the first country album by a man with six total weeks at No. 1 since Garth Brooks’ The Hits ruled for eight nonconsecutive weeks in 1995, and the first non-best-of country album by a man with six total weeks at No. 1 since Brooks’ The Chase net seven total weeks at No. 1 in 1992.”
The “More Than My Hometown” singer has officially become the best selling artists of 2021, as Wallen leads all artists in 2021 with “on-demand streaming and overall consumption units so far this year,” as reported by MRC data.