Morgan Wallen’s ‘Dangerous’ Becomes Only Country Album to Spend First Seven Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200
Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album makes chart history as the only country album to spend its first seven weeks at No. 1 in the 64-year history of the Billboard 200. The set rules the list for a seventh total week, all consecutive, after having debuted atop the list six weeks ago (chart dated Jan. 23).
Dangerous earned 89,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Feb. 25 (down 5%), according to MRC Data.
The only other country set to tally its first six weeks at No. 1 was Garth Brooks’ The Chase. It debuted at No. 1 on the Oct. 10, 1992-dated list and spent six weeks in the lead (through Nov. 14, 1992). It then slipped from the top slot for two weeks, returning for one more week at No. 1 (Nov. 28, 1992).
Dangerous and The Chase are two of only eight country albums that have spent at least seven weeks in total at No. 1.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new March 6, 2021-dated chart (where Dangerous is No. 1 for a seventh week) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on March 2. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
Of Dangerous’ 89,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending Feb. 25, SEA units comprise 80,000 (down 1%, equaling 110.79 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), album sales comprise 7,000 (down 31%) and TEA units comprise 2,000 (down 22%).
Dangerous is one of just eight country albums that have spent at least seven weeks in total at No. 1 since the Billboard 200 began publishing on a regular weekly basis in March of 1956. (Country albums are defined as those that have charted on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.) Dangerous is the only country set to spend its first seven weeks on the chart at No. 1.
Country Albums With Most Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200:
Artist, Title, Weeks at No. 1 (Year[s])
Garth Brooks, Ropin’ the Wind, 18 (1991-92)
Billy Ray Cyrus, Some Gave All, 17 (1992)
Taylor Swift, Fearless, 11 (2008-09)
Garth Brooks, The Hits, eight (1995)
Eagles, Hotel California, eight (1977)
Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album, seven to-date (2021)
Taylor Swift, Red, seven (2012-13)
Garth Brooks, The Chase, seven (1992)
The last album to spend seven weeks in a row at No. 1, regardless of genre, was Drake’s Views, which spent its first nine weeks at No. 1 in 2016 (May 21-July 16-dated charts). Views spent a total of 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, all in 2016. Only three albums of any genre have spent at least seven weeks at No. 1 in the last five years: Dangerous, Taylor Swift’s Folklore (eight nonconsecutive weeks, 2020) and Drake’s Views (13 nonconsecutive weeks, 2016).
At No. 2 on the Billboard 200, Ariana Grande’s former No. 1 Positions rises seven spots with 49,000 equivalent album units earned (up 66%). The album was reissued on Feb. 19 with five additional tracks. Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon rises 4-3 with 43,000 units (up 13%).
Lil Durk’s The Voice falls 3-4 with 38,000 equivalent album units earned (down 3%), Pooh Shiesty’s Sheisty Season is a non-mover at No. 5 with 37,000 units (up less than 1%) and The Weeknd’s former No. 1 After Hours falls 2-6 with just under 37,000 units (down 13%).
BTS’ former No. 1 Be bounds 74-7 with 36,000 equivalent album units earned (up 254%) after the album was issued on Feb. 19 in a new deluxe CD package, dubbed the “essential edition.” Of the album’s units earned in the week ending Feb. 25, album sales comprise 28,000 (up 888%). No additional tracks were added to the essential edition of the album, which sells for $30.98 on BTS’ official U.S. webstore. The essential edition offers different packaging and internal paper goods (including one randomized collectible photocard) as compared to Be’s original CD release, which sold for $50.98 and had more paper goods (though none were randomized).
Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia slips 7-8 on the latest Billboard 200 with 30,000 equivalent album units earned (down 7%), Luke Combs’ former No. 1 What You See Is What You Get climbs 11-9 with just over 28,000 units (up 4%) and Lil Baby’s former leader My Turn bumps 13-10 with 28,000 units (up 11%).