The Sound Cafe
Morgan Wallen's 'Dangerous' Garners Critical Acclaim
By Tiffany Astle.
Big Loud/Republic Records’ multi-platinum superstar Morgan Wallen is taking the world by storm with sophomore effort, Dangerous: The Double Album, debuting at #1 this week atop the Billboard 200 Albums chart and earning the largest streaming week for a country album in history.
Dangerous set a new bar across all streaming platforms. Breaking global debut records for most first-week streams and on-demand Alexa requests of any country album on Amazon Music, Wallen also had the #1 most added artist station across all genres on Pandora, among the top 10 highest streamed artists of the week. Last week, Wallen demolished first day streaming records, becoming Spotify’s biggest all-time first day stream record for a country album and setting the record for the biggest first day and biggest first week for a country album of all-time at Apple Music in just two days.
Making history, 27 of the 30 songs on Dangerous have landed inside the Billboard Hot Country Songs Top 50, with six in the Top 10, setting an unprecedented new record. Early favourite “Wasted On You” debuts at #1, making Wallen the only artist with multiple #1 Hot Country Songs debuts in the chart's 62-year history. The song also earns him his second Hot 100 Top 10, debuting at #9 this week and touting 19 current entries throughout the chart. Wallen is the first artist ever to debut at #1 on the Top Country Albums and Hot Country Songs charts simultaneously.
“This is absolutely insane,” Wallen shares exclusively with Billboard. “Thank you to the fans for making this one of the best weeks of my life. When we decided to go for it with a double album, I knew we were taking a risk, but I believed in the music and hoped it would be something y’all loved. This goes way beyond any of my expectations. I have to thank my family and friends for always believing in me, my team for all of their hard work in putting this project together, and everyone who has supported me along the way. I'm blown away by the success of this record and all 30 of these songs. I will never forget this!”
With 265,000 in total consumption and over 240 million streams, Dangerous is the #1 streaming album and had the #1 streaming week for a country album in its debut, also landing spots atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart. Only Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande had larger streaming weeks for a non-hip-hop album, marking the biggest week for a country album since 2018 and the biggest country album without a ticket bundle since 2015.