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RS Charts: Morgan Wallen’s ‘Dangerous’ Holds at Number One Despite Racial Slur

Wallen spends sixth week atop the RS 200, tying a chart record set by Taylor Swift

Morgan Wallen holds onto the Number One spot on the Artists 500 amid controversy.Morgan Wallen holds onto the Number One spot on the Artists 500 amid controversy.

Morgan Wallen

John Shearer*

Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album spent its sixth consecutive week at Number One on the Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums chart, earning 7,800 sales and more than 95 million streams. Wallen’s six-week run at Number One matched the RS 200 record set last year by Taylor Swift’s Folklore.

But consumption of Dangerous fell steeply for the first time since TMZ released a video of Wallen using a racial slur. After the clip hit the internet, Dangerous earned more than 137,000 album-equivalent units in each of the next two weeks. But on the latest chart, the singer’s weekly total fell to 86,900 units.

That was still more than enough to maintain his hold on Number One. Lil Durk’s The Voice rebounded to Number Two, picking up 54.6 million streams. Breakout rapper Pooh Shiesty, whose major-label debut Shiesty Season arrived at Number Three last week, dropped to Number Five, amassing 45.9 million streams.

Top Albums

The week of February 19, 2021

Dangerous: The Double Album

Morgan Wallen

Album Units 84.4K


Ariana Grande
Album Units 47.5K

Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon

Pop Smoke
Album Units 41.7K

The Voice

Lil Durk
Album Units 39.7K

After Hours

The Weeknd
Album Units 36.9K

The Rolling Stone 200 Albums chart tracks the most popular releases of the week in the United States. Entries are ranked by album units, a number that combines digital and physical album sales, digital song sales, and audio streams using a custom weighting system. The chart does not include passive listening such as terrestrial radio or digital radio. The RS 200 chart is updated daily, and each week Rolling Stone finalizes and publishes an official version of the chart, covering the seven-day period ending with the previous Thursday.

The week’s biggest debut belonged to Florida Georgia Line: The country duo’s Life Rolls On arrived at Number 18 with 12.2 million streams. Foo FightersMedicine at Midnight, which debuted at Number Two on the previous week’s chart, dropped to Number 32.

Taylor Swift’s Fearless made a huge leap on the latest RS 200 following the singer’s release of a new version of her old hit “Love Story.” Fearless jumped from Number 103 all the way to Number 15. That meant Swift had a whopping four albums in the Top 25: Evermore (Number Six), Folklore (Number 10), Fearless (Number 15), and Lover (Number 24). In addition, 1989 hovered at Number 61, Red at Number 85, and Speak Now arrived on the RS 200 at Number 100.

See the full RS 200 here.


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