According to Billboard, Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous has officially spent its first 10 weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart, making him the first country artist ever to do so, as well as the first artist in any genre since 1987.
Whitney Houston’s 1987 Whitney album spent its first 11 weeks at the top of the chart, and prior to Whitney, the only other album to ever break 10 was Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, which spent its first 13 weeks at No. 1.
Dangerous earned 69,000 equivalent album units this past week, while Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon stays at No. 2 with 40,000 equivalent album units earned. Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia hit No. 3 after the Grammy Awards with 37,000 units.
And with 10 straight weeks, Morgan becomes one of only four country artists to break 10… in total, let alone consecutively.
Country Albums With Most Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200:
Garth Brooks, Ropin’ the Wind, 18 (1991-92)
Billy Ray Cyrus, Some Gave All, 17 (1992)
Taylor Swift, Fearless, 11 (2008-09) Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album, 10 to-date (2021)
Garth Brooks, The Hits, 8 (1995)
Eagles, Hotel California, 8 (1977)
Of course, all of this comes on the heels of Morgan’s racial slur incident, which happened back at the beginning of February. However, fellow country singer Jimmie Allen, one of the genre’s most prominent black artists, recently shared his thoughts on the matter.
Acknowledging his responsibility as a black artist in country music to be involved in these conversations, he questioned the white people who have been vocally and overly offended by the incident without actually working in black communities themselves, while also adding that he personally wasn’t offended by it.
“In the midst of this, since you’re so hurt by this word, how many black employees do you have? How many black communities have you gone into and done work for? Have you reached out to Morgan and talked to him? A lot of times it’s just nonsense to where people want to look cool on social media.
I know people that didn’t post the black square, whatever, that do stuff for black communities all the time and I know a lot of people who just posted it cause they don’t want to look racist but they’re doing nothing. Racism isn’t about what you post on your social media for the world to see, it’s about who you actually are, what you’re actually doing.”
And while he believes Morgan should suffer the consequences of his actions, he ultimately called for forgiveness.
Forgiveness is more powerful than abandonment. Our job as humans is to help each other be the best version of themselves. ✊🏽🙏🏽🤙🏽