Two years in the past, Morgan Wallen achieved a rare feat on the Billboard album chart. Primed as a crossover nation star, he held the No. 1 spot for 10 consecutive weeks along with his 30-song “Dangerous: The Double Album,” taking a web page from the hip-hop playbook by stuffing his launch with tracks to maximise the streaming yield.
Now Wallen has achieved it once more. “One Thing at a Time,” his newest launch (this time with 36 tracks) has stayed at No. 1 for its first 10 weeks after launch, holding off competitors alongside the way in which from Metallica, Ed Sheeran and a barrage of K-pop performers. In its newest week, Wallen’s album had the equal of 141,000 gross sales within the United States, together with 179 million streams and about 5,000 copies offered as a whole package deal, based on the monitoring service Luminate. Since it got here out in early March, “One Thing” has been streamed practically 2.5 billion times.
In the 67-year historical past of the Billboard 200, the journal’s flagship LP chart, solely four other acts have held No. 1 for not less than 10 weeks with successive albums: Adele, Whitney Houston, the Monkees and the Kingston Trio. Meanwhile, “Dangerous” stays successful, holding at No. 5 this week, its 119th look within the Top 10.
Wallen’s victory comes as a vocal twine damage benches him from touring till June 22. But how for much longer can he rule the chart? Last week’s new releases, which is able to compete with “One Thing” on the following chart, embody the Jonas Brothers, Lauren Daigle and a Celine Dion soundtrack, “Love Again.” This week’s new releases embody Lewis Capaldi, Kesha, Dave Matthews Band and the costumed steel band Ghost.
Coming in at No. 2 this week is Sheeran’s newest album, “-” (pronounced “Subtract”). Despite years as one of many high streaming artists on this planet — in addition to a brand new stadium tour and a broadly reported copyright victory in court docket — Sheeran’s numbers had been modest: simply 38 million clicks within the United States.
His new album additionally offered 81,000 copies as a whole package deal — you might have noticed Sheeran toting his own vinyl at a pop-up shop near you — which introduced Sheeran’s general “equal” gross sales quantity to 112,000. “-” is Sheeran’s first studio album since “+” (“Plus”) 12 years in the past to not open at No. 1.
Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” holds at No. 3 and SZA’s “SOS” — which notched 10 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 from December to February — is regular at No. 4.
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