For 3 weeks now, the music business has agonized over what to do about Morgan Wallen.
One among nation’s latest stars, Wallen had been caught on video casually shouting a racial slur to a pal. After the music world banded collectively final summer season, promising to carry itself accountable for racial inequities, there wanted to be motion.
Denunciations poured forth on social media, and Wallen’s file label “suspended” his contract. Radio stations and streaming providers rapidly scrubbed his songs from playlists. Artists and commentators gathered at roundtables, wrestling over Nashville’s rocky historical past with race. Wallen apologized. Twice.
However the market has apparently been much less troubled by Wallen’s transgression, sending his breakthrough launch, “Harmful: The Double Album” to No. 1 as soon as once more. It has held the highest spot on Billboard’s album chart for six weeks in a row now, the longest run within the peak place since Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” final summer season, and the one nation album to spend its first six weeks at No. 1 since Garth Brooks’s “The Chase” in 1992.
In its sixth week out, “Harmful” had the equal of 93,000 gross sales in america, together with 112 million streams and 10,000 copies bought as a full album, in keeping with the monitoring service MRC Information, which is owned by Billboard’s mother or father firm. To this point, “Harmful,” which has 33 tracks in its “bonus” model, has logged simply in need of one billion streams in america.
“Harmful” has been aided by minimal competitors. This week, the strongest contender towards it was “After Hours,” the practically year-old album by the Weeknd, who performed the Tremendous Bowl halftime present on Feb. 7. Final week, “After Hours” had the equal of 42,000 gross sales — lower than half that of “Harmful” however sufficient for No. 2 on the chart.
Additionally this week, Lil Durk’s “The Voice” is No. 3; Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Intention for the Moon” is No. 4; and the Memphis rapper Pooh Shiesty’s “Shiesty Season” is No. 5 in its second week out.