Morgan Wallen’s ‘One Thing At A Time’ Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 With Over 500,000 Units Sold

Wallen’s One Thing At A Time marks the biggest debut since the release of Taylor Swift’s Midnights.

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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 March 16, 2023

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Morgan Wallen at Gibbs High School; Photo Courtesy of HAPPY MONDAY/Spotify

The numbers are in and Morgan Wallen’s just-released third studio album, One Thing At A Time, debuted at No.1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart with a whopping 501,000 U.S. equivalent album units, according to Luminate

This is the largest week for any album so far in 2023 and the biggest debut since the release of Taylor Swift’s Midnights, which opened with 1.578 million equivalent album units in the fall of 2022. 

Additionally, Wallen’s 36-track One Thing At A Time saw the largest opening week for a country album since Taylor Swift’s Red (Taylor’s Version) debuted with 604,500 for the week ending Nov. 18, 2021. 

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

According to a report by Billboard, 76% of One Thing At A Time’s debut week consumption came from streaming. The project earned the biggest streaming week ever for a country album with 498.28 million on-demand streams. It’s also the fifth-largest streaming week ever for any album from any genre. 

One Thing At A Time showcases Wallen’s wide range of musical influences and combine his love for country, rock, and hip-hop.

“This record represents the last few years of my life, the highs and the lows,” Wallen previously shared in a statement. “It also brings together the musical influences that have shaped me as an artist – country, alternative and hip-hop.”

He Also Earned His First-Ever No. 1 On Billboard Hot 100 Chart

The news of Wallen’s blockbuster week on the charts comes on the heels of his eighth No.1 single and as his fan-favorite track, “Last Night,” claimed the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Country Songs chart (for the fifth week). This is Wallen’s first No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Billboard reports that it’s only the 20th song to ever top both charts and the first since Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version) claimed the No.1 spot on both charts in Nov. of 2021. 

Additionally, Wallen is the first solo male (unaccompanied by other artists) to claim the No.1 spot on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Country Songs chart since 1981 when Eddie Rabbitt’s “I Love a Rainy Night” topped both charts. 

Wallen Is Currently Embarking On His Massive One Night At A Time World Tour

After celebrating the release of One Thing At A Time with a record-breaking free concert for fans in Nashville, Tenn., Morgan Wallen is currently in New Zealand for the launch of the international leg of his highly anticipated One Night At A Time World Tour

Morgan Wallen at Gibbs High School; Photo Courtesy of HAPPY MONDAY/Spotify
Morgan Wallen at Gibbs High School; Photo Courtesy of HAPPY MONDAY/Spotify

The superstar is set to play shows throughout New Zealand and Australia through March 25. 

On April 14, Wallen will launch the U.S. leg of the trek with back-to-back shows at American Family Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

In total, the 63-show trek will visit 30 stadiums, plus arenas, amphitheaters and festivals to fans across four countries and two continents. The trek will feature support from ERNEST and Bailey Zimmerman on all dates. HARDY and Parker McCollum will also appear on select dates.

Morgan Wallen; Photo By Ryan Smith
Morgan Wallen; Photo By Ryan Smith

In an effort to give back to those in need, Wallen will donate $3 of every ticket sold on the U.S. dates to the More Than My Hometown Foundation. Established in 2021, the foundation benefits causes near and dear to the superstar’s heart, including organizations such as Greater Good Music, Children Are People, the Salvation Army, and the National Museum of African American Music.

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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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