Morgan Wallen becomes the first artist to score a No. 1 debut trio on Billboardsince the start of the survey as an overall gender ranking in October 1958.
On the April 30 count, Wallen’s “Don’t Think Jesus,” released on Mercury/Republic/Big Loud Records April 15, explodes to the top. That gives Wallen four career No. 1s, including three records that have opened in the penthouse.
Only 11 songs have debuted on Hot Country Songs at the top since its inception. Only one other artist has achieved multiple No. 1 arrivals: Taylor Swift, with “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” last November and “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” in February 2021.
Wallen’s “Wasted on You”, her current single promoted on country radio, from its 2021 release Dangerous: the double albumpremiered at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs in January 2021, following the launch of “7 Summers” to the summit in August 2020. Its first leader, “Whiskey Glasses,” completed a 30-week trek to the summit in May 2019.
On the all-format Billboard Hot 100, “Jesus” opens at No. 7, marking Wallen’s third top 10, all of which started in the tier. “Wasted” started at its No. 9 peak and “7 Summers” came in at its No. 6 best.
“Jesus” was written by Jessi Alexander, Mark Holman and Chase McGill, “with [Wallen] in their minds,” Wallen noted in an October preview of the song. on Instagram.
“Jesus” marks the first song Wallen released with him in a lead role since he was filmed using the N-word among friends in February 2021. He later apologized and asked fans not to defend him . While most radio stations pulled his songs, his music eventually returned to the airwaves – with Dangerous the single “Sand in My Boots” which topped Country Airplay in February; the same month he spear his The Dangerous Tour.
“Jesus” begins by pulling in 18.1 million U.S. streams in its first frame, ending April 21, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data, and awards Wallen his seventh No. 1 on Country Streaming Songs.
The standalone single also sold 21,500 downloads and started atop the Country Digital Song Sales and All Genres Digital Song Sales chart. Wallen posts his fifth No. 1 on the first chart and his second on the second, which he first topped as featured on Lil Durk’s R&B/hip-hop hit “Broadway Girls” in January. Thus, Wallen earns his first No. 1 on the all-genre sales tally with a country track.
“Jesus” is also bubbling under the Country Airplay charts, with 465,000 impressions in the week ending April 24.