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Morgan Wallen’s ‘Dangerous’ Makes It Three Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

Dangerous is just the second album in the last 12 months to notch three weeks of at least 125,000 units earned. It follows Taylor Swift’s Folklore, which debuted with 846,000 units (Aug. 8, 2020, chart) and then tallied 135,000 and 136,000 in its second and third weeks.

Speaking of Swift, with Dangerous holding at No. 1 for a third week on the Billboard 200, a country album holds court for a third straight week. The last album to score three weeks at No. 1, that also appeared on the Top Country Albums chart, was Taylor Swift’s Red, which tallied seven nonconsecutive weeks in the pole position between the charts dated Nov. 10, 2012, and Jan. 12, 2013. Red also spent its first three weeks at No. 1 (Nov. 10-24, 2012).

The last album by a male artist to log three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and its first three weeks at No. 1 — and also appear on Top Country Albums — was Elvis Presley’s Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits, which clocked a total of three weeks in the lead on the Billboard 200 (Oct. 12, 2002 — its debut week — and then Oct. 19 and 26).

The last album of new material by a male artist to spend three weeks at No. 1, and also appear on Top Country Albums, was Alan Jackson’s Drive in 2002, with a total of four weeks in the lead. It spent its first three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (Feb. 2-16) and then notched one more week at No. 1 on the March 2 list.

Three former No. 1s trail Dangerous (released via Big Loud/Republic Records) on the new Billboard 200, as Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon (Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic) is steady at No. 2 (45,000 equivalent album units earned; down 4%), Swift’s Evermore (Republic) rises 4-3 (35,000; down 15%) and The Weeknd’s After Hours (XO/Republic) climbs 8-4 (nearly 35,000; up 6%).

Republic Records is the distributing label for all four albums — the first time since 1996 that one label has monopolized Nos. 1-4 on the Billboard 200. On the Dec. 7, 1996, chart, Interscope held the top four with Bush’s Razorblade Suitcase (Trauma/Interscope), Snoop Doggy Dogg’s Tha Doggfather (Death Row/Interscope), No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom (Trauma/Interscope) and Makaveli’s The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (Death Row/Interscope).

Back on the new Billboard 200, Lil Durk’s The Voice rises 6-5 with 32,000 equivalent album units earned (down 13%), while Juice WRLD’s former No. 1 Legends Never Die bumps 9-6 (just over 31,000; down 2%) and Ariana Grande’s previous leader Positions falls 5-7 (31,000; down 22%). Universal Music Group (UMG) distributes the top seven albums — the first time a company has held Nos. 1-7 since UMG last did it on the Nov. 17, 2018-dated chart.

Two more former No. 1s are up next, as Luke Combs’ What You See Is What You Get rises 10-8 (30,000 equivalent album units earned; down 4%) and Lil Baby’s My Turn ascends 11-9 (30,000; up less than 1%).

Closing out the new top 10 is arrival of Anuel AA and Ozuna’s collaborative album Los Dioses, which debuts at No. 10 with 29,000 equivalent album units earned. Of Los Dioses’ 29,000 equivalent album units earned, SEA units comprise 23,000 (equaling 34.44 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), album sales comprise 6,000 and TEA units comprise a negligible number.

Los Dioses is the second top 10 for both acts. Anuel AA nabbed his first top 10 visit with Emmanuel (No. 8 on June 13, 2020) and Ozuna reached the region with Aura (No. 7; Sept. 18, 2018).


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