Morgan Wallen’s “One Thing At A Time” Returns Top On Billboard’s 200 Chart

Morgan Wallen’s album, ‘One Thing at a Time,’ has again secured the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart (dated January 20). It has spent a remarkable 17 nonconsecutive weeks at the top of the list, selling 61,000 equivalent album units in the US in the week ending January 11, according to Luminate. One Thing at a Time has the most weeks at number one since Adele’s album, 21, which held the spot for 24 nonconsecutive weeks in 2011–2012. The album’s debut on March 18, 2023, was spectacular, spending 12 straight weeks at the top until early June. Then, it reigned supreme for another three weeks in late June and early July and secured its 16th week on top of the chart on October 14. Since then, it has never fallen below number six, maintaining a solid presence on the chart for 45 weeks. It’s worth noting that One Thing at a Time was the best-selling album in 2023, the number one year-end Billboard 200 album, and Luminate’s top album.

Track equivalent albums (TEA), streaming equivalent albums (SEA), and album sales are the three multi-metric consumption metrics used by the Billboard 200 chart to determine which albums are the most popular in the US. One unit is one album sale, ten single tracks sold from an album, 3,750 ad-supported, or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams produced from album tracks. Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on January 15, the new chart for January 20, 2024, will be released on the Billboard website on January 17, one day later than usual.

58,000 of the 61,000 equivalent album units (SEA) that “One Thing at a Time” earned in the week ending January 11 are streaming SEA, a 3% decrease of 79.81 million official on-demand streams of the set’s tracks. Track equivalent album units (TEA) account for 1,000 of the total units sold, down 25%, while album sales make up 2,000, down 13%. The weekly No. 1 album “One Thing at a Time” has not experienced a lower unit total than 61,000 since Pusha T’s “It’s Almost Dry” debuted at No. 1 with 55,000 units on May 7, 2022.

Former No. 1s make up the remaining top four on the new Billboard 200: With 58,000 equivalent album units sold, Drake’s “For All the Dogs” rises 3-2, showing a gain of less than 1%; Taylor Swift’s “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” drops 1-3, showing a 12% decline in sales; and Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday 2” stays at No. 4 with a 9% decline in sales. With 52,000 equivalent album units, Noah Kahan’s “Stick Season” climbs to No. 5, marking a 7% increase and the album’s highest position since its No. 3 peak in June of last year.

Former chart-toppers dominate the top 10 charts; SZA’s album ‘SOS’ has taken the 6th spot with over 43,000 equivalent album units, experiencing a minimal decrease of 2%. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift’s albums’ Midnights’ and ‘Lover’ have slipped to the 7th and 8th positions with 43,000 and 42,000 album units sold, respectively, indicating a significant decrease of 6% and 8%. Zach Bryan’s self-titled album has maintained its 9th position with 39,000 album units sold, experiencing a moderate reduction of 5%. Lastly, Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ remains steady at the 10th position with 34,000 album units sold, indicating a slight decrease of 5%.

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