Morgan Wallen Reacts To Matching Whitney Houston’s Album Chart Success: “Something I Never Could Have Imagined”

“These stats are all so humbling and being mentioned in the same sentence as Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston is something I never could have imagined,” Wallen reflected.

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Andrew Wendowski

Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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Posted on May 24, 2023

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Morgan Wallen continues to make history with his third studio album, One Thing At A Time. The project notched its 11th consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts, an achievement only earned by a few other artists, including Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston.

The East Tennessee native’s new album has been sitting atop the Billboard 200 chart since its debut on March 3.

Morgan Wallen 'One Thing At A Time' Album Art
Morgan Wallen ‘One Thing At A Time’ Album Art

Houston’s 1987 album, Whitney, featuring her iconic hit “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” is the last album to spend 11 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart. Before Whitney, Stevie Wonder’s eighteenth studio album, Songs In The Key Of Life, featuring his hit song “Isn’t She Lovely,” logged its first consecutive 13 weeks at No. 1 in 1976 to 1977.

“These stats are all so humbling and being mentioned in the same sentence as Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston is something I never could have imagined,” Wallen reflects. “But I’m most grateful to everyone who listens to my music. That’s the connection that means the most to me and it’s the best compliment out there – the fact that you guys like it.”

Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of David Lehr
Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of David Lehr

Three No. 1 Hits On One Thing At A Time

Wallen’s One Thing At A Time has already earned three No. 1 hits to-date. The first chart-topper being “You Proof,” which spent 10 weeks at No. 1, making for the longest running No. 1 in Country radio history. The second No. 1 being “Thought You Should Know,” a tune that remained at the top of the Country Airplay charts for three consecutive weeks.

While his latest No. 1 from the project, “Last Night,” became the fastest-climbing No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay charts since 2015 at just 11 weeks, has spent six non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and now claims the longest Hot 100 reign – surpassing Kenny Rogers’ “Lady” and Johnny Horton’s “The Battle of New Orleans” which spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1980 and 1959, respectively.

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Dangerous: The Double Album

Meanwhile, Morgan Wallen’s record-breaking project, Dangerous: The Double Album, notches its 120th non-consecutive week in the Billboard 200 Top 10, second only to the 173 weeks held by the Original Cast Recording, My Fair Lady, back in 1956.

The success of his 5x Platinum sophomore project, Dangerous: The Double Album, has gone on to surpass records previously held by Adele and Bruce Springsteen, clocking in at 120 non-consecutive weeks and counting in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 charts.

Morgan Wallen 'Dangerous: The Double Album' Album Art
Morgan Wallen ‘Dangerous: The Double Album’ Album Art

Placed On Strict Doctor-Ordered Vocal Rest

The news comes after Morgan Wallen was forced to cancel six weeks worth of concerts due to a vocal cord injury.

On Tuesday (May 9), the country superstar took to social media to share the unfortunate news with fans via an emotional video message. In the clip, Wallen revealed that he has been placed on strict vocal rest.  

 “What’s going on y’all, I’m just going to get straight to it. I got some bad news from my Doctor’s at the Vanderbilt Voice Center yesterday. After taking ten days of vocal rest, I performed three shows last weekend in Florida and by the third one I felt terrible,” he explained. “So, I went in and got scoped yesterday and they told me I injured my vocal cords and that I have vocal fold trauma. Their advice is that I go on vocal rest for six weeks. So that’s what I’m going to do. They want me to not talk at all, but they said it’s okay if I need to for something like this.”

He has since announced rescheduled dates for his 2023 One Night At A Time World Tour, which kicked off with two sold-out shows at American Family Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in April.

“Rescheduled show updates. Will have the final 2 updates posted as soon as I have them,” Wallen wrote alongside the new tour dates. 

Returns To The Stage On June 22 In Chicago

Wallen’s first show back since the unfortunate cancellations will take place on June 22 at Wrigley field in Chicago, IL. 

Produced by Live Nation, the trek will feature support from ERNEST and Bailey Zimmerman on all dates. HARDY and Parker McCollum will also appear on select dates.

The One Night At A Time World Tour marks Wallen’s first-time ever headlining stadiums across the globe for multiple nights. 

Morgan Wallen’s Remaining One Night At A Time World Tour Dates

June 

22 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field*#  

23 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field*$

27 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena

29 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field*#  

30 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field*#

July 

6 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium*$  

7 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium*$

14 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park*#  

15 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park*#

19 – Phoenix, AZ – Chase Field*#  

20 – Phoenix, AZ – Chase Field*#

22 – Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium*#

August 

3 – Detroit Lakes, MN – WE Fest^

11 – Columbus, OH – Ohio Stadium*%

12 – Columbus, OH – Ohio Stadium*#

16 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park*#

17 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park*#

18 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park*$

30 – Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park*

31 – Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park*

Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of David Lehr
Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of David Lehr

September

2 – Washington, DC – FedEx Field*$

8 – Moline, IL – Vibrant Arena

9 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena

October

7 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome

November

10 – Atlanta, GA – Truist Park*

11 – Atlanta, GA – Truist Park*

16 – Austin, TX – Moody Center

18 – Houston, TX – Minute Maid Park*

Morgan Wallen 2023 International Tour Dates

August 

5 – Camrose, AB – Big Valley Jamboree^

24 – Dieppe, NB – YQM Country Fest^

September

14 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage  

15 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage  

16 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage

18 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens

21 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre

22 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre

23 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

28 – Winnipeg, MB – Canada Life Centre

29 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre

30 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome

Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of David Lehr
Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of David Lehr

October

3 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

4 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

December

3 – London, UK – The O2

Morgan Wallen 2024 U.S. Tour Dates

May 2024 

9 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium*

17 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium*

18 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium*

June 2024

6- Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

7 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

TBD – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park*

Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of David Lehr
Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of David Lehr

* Stadium Dates

^ Festival Dates

# HARDY, ERNEST, Bailey Zimmerman

$ Parker McCollum, ERNEST, Bailey Zimmerman

& HARDY, Bailey Zimmerman

% Riley Green, ERNEST

+ HARDY, ERNEST

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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