Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs; Photos by Andrew Wendowski
Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs; Photos by Andrew Wendowski

Morgan Wallen Reigns As Top Country Artist Of 2021, Dethroning Luke Combs Who Held Title In 2019 & 2020

Morgan Wallen reigns as Billboard’s Top Country Artist of 2021, dethroning Luke Combs, who ruled as the Top Country Artist in 2019 and 2020.

Wallen is also the Top Country Male of 2021, the Top Hot Country Songs Artist, Top Country Streaming Artist, Top Country Albums Artist, and has the Top Country Album, with his sophomore effort, Dangerous: The Double Album.

Despite backlash from his use of a racial slur in early 2021, sales of the East Tennessee native’s album surged.

Dangerous closed out the year as the best-selling album of 2021 across all genres, marking the fourth country album in history to achieve this honor. The other three country albums to close the year at the top of the year-end Billboard 200 Albums ranking were Garth Brooks’ Ropin’ The Wind in 1992, Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts in 2006, and Taylor Swift’s Fearless in 2009.

The recently RIAA certified Double Platinum album was produced by Joey Moi, features his latest single “Sand In My Boots,” as well as fan-favorite hits like “Wasted On You,” “7 Summers,” “More Than My Hometown,” “Cover Me Up,” “865,” “Somebody’s Problem” and more.

Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Luke Bryan, Kane Brown, Dan + Shay, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood follow Wallen in the Top Country Artists of 2021 ranking.

The crowning titles are calculated by year-end music metrics from the Billboard weekly charts from Nov. 21, 2020 through Nov. 13, 2021. The year-end rankings are calculated using MRC Data and “reflect equivalent album units, airplay, sales or streaming during the weeks that the titles appeared on a respective chart during the tracking year.”

Heading into 2022, Wallen is poised to continue his streak of success as he’s set to embark on his 46+ date, The Dangerous Tour, in support of his 30-track double album.

Additionally, Wallen is confirmed to headline several premier country music festivals, including Country Thunder, Tortuga Music Festival, TidalWave Music Festival, and more.

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