Country singer Morgan Wallen had the best-selling album of 2021, despite being canceled after being caught using the N word and being banned from awards shows.
Wallen’s album “Dangerous: The Double Album” has sold over three million copies in 2021 since its release in early January, according to music analysis provider MRC Data’s rating released earlier this month. .
Wallen’s album beat Adele’s 30, which was to be one of the best-selling albums, but only sold 1.4 million copies and came in at number six. It also sold more than Kayne West’s Donda, which sold less than a million copies.
A month after her debut, Wallen, 28, was caught using racist language after a rowdy night out with friends. TMZ first revealed the video footage in February.
He could be heard in a video yelling from his driveway in Tennessee at another friend to “take care of that *** ya ** n ****”.
Wallen said he said the insult after a “72-hour conversion” and checked into a rehab center 30 days after the incident.
Despite his remorse and apologies, the musician was banned from the American Music Awards and the Country Music Awards, to which he was both nominated.
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Morgan Wallen, 28, had the best-selling album of 2021, beating Adele, Taylor Swift, Drake and Olivia Rodrigo
His album Dangerous: The Double Album sold over 3 million copies, edging out Rodrigo’s Sour and Drake’s Certified Lover Boy, which sold 2.6 million and 1.8 million respectively.
Her album has topped the charts since its release in January and has even seen a surge in sales after being caught using racial slurs, which sparked a conversation about racism in country music.
“Morgan Wallen is a nominee this year based on charting. As his conduct does not align with our core values, we will not include him on the show in any capacity (playing, presenting, accepting), ”AMAs said at the time.
The awards show, which is based on fan voting, said they would “consider” future participation after Wallen showed he was an “ally of the black community.”
The CMAs also said the musician would not be allowed to attend and would be removed from the list of nominations for the individual categories in which he was only nominated. It could stay in categories recognizing other collaborators, such as Album of the Year.
It was the first time in CMA history that someone had been disqualified for a driving award, according to a CMA spokesperson.
The two awards ceremonies took place in November.
Wallen was also temporarily suspended from his Big Loud / Republic label and removed from most radio stations.
Despite having the best-selling album, Wallen was not allowed to attend the American Music Awards and the Country Music Awards – he was nominated for both – after a video of him calling someone a “p *** ya ** n **** ‘surfaced (pictured). The country music star said he went out on a 72 hour curve and then entered a rehab facility 30 days.
Even though Wallen was canceled for using racial slurs, he saw his album sales increase after the incident, which led to a conversation about racism in country music.
The country music star told ABC’s Michael Strahan he “understands” the meaning of the word and uses it “in a fun way.”
He said in an apology on Instagram that he ‘fully accepts[ed] all the penalties I face.
‘I was wrong. It’s up to me to make this my own and I fully accept all the penalties I face, ”he said before asking his fans to stop defending him.
Wallen also said in July that he met with the Black Music Action Coalition and donated money from his album sales to the coalition, NBC News reported.
Wallen’s album beat the debuts of Drake’s Olivia Rodrigo, Sour and Certified Lover Boy, which sold 2.6 million and 1.8 million copies, respectively, and placed second and third in the charts. charts.
The biggest winner overall was Taylor Swift, who released two albums – Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version) in 2021 and had released sister albums Folklore and Evermore towards the end of 2020, which performed well. sold in the new year.
Swift sold 4 million albums in 2021 and all four albums made it to the top 50 – with two in the top 25 – of the year.
Fleetwood Mac, Elton John and Queen were also in the top 50.