Country star Eric Church recently acknowledged that he’s a huge fan of Morgan Wallen and his music because he thinks the country artist is authentically himself.
Wallen has talked about his admiration for Church before. But it turns out, the feeling is mutual between the two country musicians.
“He’s real damn good, and he’s authentic. That’s the key,” Church said of Wallen. “Morgan is not trying to be somebody else. He’s just doing him. It’s refreshing to see and hear.”
Church appears on Wallen’s newest album Dangerous: The Double Album. The two worked together on the track “Quittin’ Time.” Church gained a new appreciation for Wallen after the collaboration. He complimented Wallen’s performance on the song, saying that he’s “not just hitting the technical parts of the song but the emotional ones. Those are the ones that matter.”
Wallen has long admired Church for his rebellious side and has admitted that he’s been a significant influence on him. In fact, Wallen got into country music through Church’s albums.
“The way he wrote songs and the way that he said things really struck a chord with me. His realness, raw emotion and authenticity drew me in,” Wallen said to Billboard about Church.
Morgan Wallen’s Double Album Breaks Records
On Sunday, Billboard announced that Morgan Wallen continued to break records with his newest album after it debuted at No. 1 on the charts.
Dangerous: The Double Album released last Friday on Jan. 8. After a week’s worth of sales and streams, the country star’s second studio album has topped the Billboard 200 albums chart. In addition, it earned the largest streaming week ever for a country album.
Furthermore, Wallen’s lengthy 30-song album has the largest overall sales by unit of a country musician in more than two years. Dangerous racked up 265,000 album units earned in the U.S. during the last week, according to Billboard’s report.
The rankings are measured in equivalent album units – a multi-metric system that includes physical and digital sales, and streaming service plays. The Billboard 200 chart is an accumulation of units that include album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
Additionally, the country musician’s 265,000 equivalent album units in the album’s first week include 184,000 SEA units. That equals more than 240 million streams of the songs from Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album. The album units also consisted of 74,000 album sales, of which 50,000 were digital download sales.