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RS Charts: Morgan Wallen Makes Record-Breaking Debut Atop RS 200

Morgan Wallen’s sophomore album Dangerous: The Double Album handily takes Number One on the Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums Chart, smashing the record for the highest debut for a country album in the chart’s history.

From January 8th through January 14th, Dangerous: The Double Album pulled in 263,900 album-equivalent units, beating the record set by Kenny Chesney’s Here and Now. But unlike Here and Now, which was mostly driven by bundle sales, the majority of units for Dangerous came from streams. Within just a few days, Dangerous had already smashed Luke Combs’ record for the highest single-week streams for a country album in history. All told, Dangerous pulled in over 223 million on-demand audio streams in its first week, which is the 19th biggest single-week stream count in Alpha Data history, bigger than the first-week streams for Taylor Swift’s Lover and Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?, and just a million streams behind the first-week tally for Lil Baby’s My Turn. 

Top Albums

The week of January 8, 2021
1

Dangerous: The Double Album

Morgan Wallen
NEW!
Album Units 263.9K
2

evermore

Taylor Swift
Album Units 52K
3

Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon

Pop Smoke
Album Units 44.7K
4

Heaux Tales

Jazmine Sullivan
NEW!
Album Units 41K
5

The Voice

Lil Durk
Album Units 39.5K

While Luke Combs has largely been country’s sole streaming superstar for a few years now, Tennessee native Wallen, who toured with Combs in 2019, has proven there’s room for more than one, with a slew of RS 100 hits in the latter half of 2020 that helped him take Number 29 on the year-end Artists 500 Chart.

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 Rolling Stone 200 Albums 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.

Jazmine Sullivan’s Heaux Tales also makes a big debut, entering the chart at Number Four with 41,000 album-equivalent units, behind Taylor Swift’s evermore and Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon. Lil Durk’s The Voice rounds out the Top Five. Barry Gibb’s Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers’ Songbook Vol. 1 enters at Number 15, while Passenger’s Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted enters at Number 196.

See the full RS 200 here.

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