Country singer Morgan Wallen scored the Best-Selling Album of 2021 title following his recent racial slur controversy.
MRC Data recently released its latest statistics confirming that Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” sold 3 million copies. The number reportedly surpassed other highly-anticipated albums this year, including Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” and Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” EP.
Billboard also confirmed this milestone, proving Wallen’s power even after suffering from online backlash.
Following the report, his fans immediately congratulated him and assured him they got his back after what happened.
One said, “@MorganWallen congrats to an awesome musician!!! Well deserved after this year!”
“Way to go bro! Proves that reasonable people understand and forgive an occasional faux pas! Love your music!” another penned.
What Happened to Morgan Wallen?
The milestone came after the country musician faced controversy in February when a video of him using the N-word surfaced. This led him to get snubbed at the Academy of Country Music Awards despite his multiple nominations.
In response to this, Wallen offered a favorable reaction despite losing the potential award and thanked his fans for their sincere support regardless of what happened.
“I wake up every morning and thank the Lord for my blessings. Tomorrow morning will be no different. I love y’all,” he wrote on Twitter.
His record label dropped him afterward, while iHeartRadio ultimately banned his music from the platform.
He explained through a video message that he was on a 72-hour bender when he accidentally used the N-word. He also revealed that it took him some time to realize that he misused the term.
Wallen also set the records straight in an interview with Michael Strahan months after the incident.
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“I was around some of my friends and we just, we say dumb stuff together. In our minds it’s playful. It sounds ignorant but that’s really where it came from, and it’s wrong,” Wallen said. “We were all clearly drunk and I was asking his girlfriend to take care of him because he was drunk and he was leaving. I didn’t mean it in any derogatory manner at all.”
Aside from the recent recognition, his music also topped the charts amid the controversy. Billboard revealed that his album sold 25,000 copies during the week ending February 4. Its streaming numbers also increased by 3 percent, while the song downloads rose by 67 percent.
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