For the fifth consecutive week, disgraced country star Morgan Wallen has the No. 1 album in America despite the emergence of a recent video that sees him using a racial slur. Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album climbed atop the Billboard 200 prior to TMZ posting the video, which led to him being “suspended” by his record label Big Loud Records and having his music removed from multiple playlists and radio stations. However, his album and song sales continued to surge. According to Billboard, the album’s physical sales were up 49% last week with a total of 37,000 units sold.
Last week, Wallen uploaded a five-minute video to his social media channels apologizing for his use of the N-word, claiming that he was at the end of a 72-hour bender. “I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back,” Wallen said “There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologise for using the word. I promise to do better.”
Meanwhile, The Weeknd’s new greatest hits collection The Highlights debuted at No. 2 following his Super Bowl Halftime performance. Sitting at the No. 3 spot is the Foo Fighters’ Medicine at Midnight.