Country star Morgan Wallen’s new album is out, and in three days, it has managed to break multiple records.
Morgan Wallen’s New Album Breaks Records
Dangerous: The Double Album got the most single-week on-demand audio streams in history for a country album, Rolling Stone reports.
It also shattered Spotify’s all-time record for first-day streaming. And it destroyed the Apple Music record for the biggest single week for a country album – and in only two days.
Wallen recently shared some details about the creative process behind his new album. He said the title track is basically a letter to himself about some of his own behavior over the past year.
Wallen had a bumpy 2020. This past spring, he got kicked out of Kid Rock’s Nashville bar and arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He had reportedly been picking verbal fights with random passersby on the street outside the bar.
The singer subsequently apologized to those affected, per Fox News.
“Hey y’all just wanted to clear the air. I went out downtown last night with a few old friends,” Wallen tweeted. “After a couple bar stops, we were horse-playing with each other. We didn’t mean any harm, and we want to say sorry to any bar staff or anyone that was affected.”
The ‘Saturday Night Live’ Debacle
Then, in October, Wallen got dropped as “Saturday Night Live”’s musical guest after videos surfaced of him partying at a crowded bar and a house party in Alabama without a mask. Wallen posted an Instagram video announcing the news from the New York City hotel room where he was waiting to appear on the show.
“My actions this past weekend were pretty short-sighted and have obviously affected my long-term goals and my dreams,” Wallen said in the video. “I respect the show’s decision because I know I put them in jeopardy, and I take ownership for this. I’d like to apologize to ‘SNL,’ to my fans, to my team for bringing me these opportunities, and I let them down.”
“And on a more personal note, I think I have some growing up to do,” he shared.
Wallen went on to appear on a later episode of “SNL.”
A Wide-Ranging Album
Wallen may have thought he left his headaches behind in 2020. But as the new year kicked off, he had another problem. Some of the songs from his new album began leaking out at some Walmart stores.
“Hey y’all, um, it’s been brought to my attention that some of my music, well my album, has leaked at some Walmarts around the country,” Wallen said in another Instagram video. “I don’t know how that’s possible but it has.”
Wallen dealt with that problem by leaking some of his own music himself on social media.
Still, the leaks don’t seem to have dented Wallen’s numbers now that the album is out. And with 30 songs on the album, there’s a wide range of subject matter covered – not just Wallen’s concerns over his own occasionally sophomoric behavior.
“I also wanted the songs to speak to multiple phases of life and have multiple different sounds based on my influences and based on what I enjoy,” Wallen said, according to Billboard.
Fans of Wallen’s music can stream the album here.