When the nation singer-songwriter Morgan Wallen launched “Dangerous: The Double Album” in early January, it appeared destined to be successful. But there was little purpose to anticipate simply how large successful it could turn out to be.
Ten weeks later, after a code-red industry scandal over Wallen’s use of a racial slur, “Dangerous” stays No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart. No album has opened with an extended chart run since Whitney Houston’s “Whitney” in 1987, which spent its first 11 weeks at No. 1 and featured blockbuster radio singles like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “So Emotional.”
In some ways, “Dangerous” has benefited from poor competition. That is commonly the case within the winter doldrums, when few big-name artists launch new albums. But that sample has been exacerbated by the pandemic, leaving Wallen, week after week, with nearly no main new challengers to cope with.
Yet “Dangerous” has additionally been an unqualified hit by itself. That is all of the extra outstanding since promotion for the album was nearly solely stopped after Wallen was caught on video final month casually utilizing a racial slur. Radio stations and streaming platforms yanked his songs from their playlists — though some have quietly reinstated them — and Wallen’s file label mentioned it was “suspending” his contract.
Last week, “Dangerous” had the equal of 69,000 gross sales within the United States, together with 89 million streams and 4,000 copies offered as a whole bundle, in accordance with MRC Data, Billboard’s monitoring arm. Since its launch on Jan. 8, the album has racked up the equal of about 1.Three million gross sales, together with 1.Four billion streams. Whatever Wallen’s competitors, these numbers show his attraction.
The chart run for “Dangerous,” nevertheless, could have reached its finish. Last week, Justin Bieber launched “Justice,” which is predicted to take the No. 1 spot on the following chart.
Also this week, Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” is No. 2, and Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia” rose three spots to No. 3, helped by her performance at the Grammy Awards and its win for finest pop vocal album.
The Weeknd’s “After Hours” is No. 4, and the Southern California R&B singer Giveon opened at No. 5 with “When It’s All Said and Done … Take Time,” a compilation of two EPs from final 12 months.