Story at a glance
- Morgan Wallen’s sophomore album is the only country album to chart at No. 1 for its first seven weeks.
- The success of the album comes despite the fallout that followed the release of a video early last month where Wallen could be heard using the N-word.
- Wallen has apologized for using the racial slur.
A country music star who faced widespread backlash last month for using a racial slur is now breaking chart records.
Morgan Wallen’s second album “Dangerous: The Double Album,” which was released in January, has made Billboard 200 chart history after becoming the only country album to hold the No. 1 spot on the charts for its first seven weeks.
It’s the longest consecutive run in the No. 1 position by any album since Drake’s “Views” was released five years ago.
The success of the album comes despite the fallout that followed the release of a video early last month that showed him using a racial slur after a night out in Nashville.
In the video, Wallen appears to be saying an expletive-filled goodbye to friends, telling them to “take care of this...[N-word].”
The release of the video prompted him to be dropped from his record label, Big Loud, while radio stations across the country stopped playing his music.
In an online apology, Wallen asked his fans not to downplay the racist language he was caught saying on camera and said he accepted the punishments he’s faced.
“Our actions matter. Our words matter. And I want to encourage anyone that is watching to please learn from my mistake. There’s no reason to downplay what I did,” he said in the video.
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