Morgan Wallen’s “One Thing at a Time” has once again seized the top spot on the coveted Billboard 200 albums chart. Dated October 14, the chart reveals that Wallen’s album surged from its previous position at number three to claim the number one spot, marking its 16th nonconsecutive week at the summit of the music world.
This impressive feat was achieved with 74,500 equivalent album units earned in the United States during the week ending October 5th, a remarkable 2% increase from the previous week. According to data provided by Luminate, streaming played a significant role in Wallen’s resurgence, with streaming equivalent album (SEA) units accounting for a staggering 71,500 units – that’s equivalent to a staggering 97.56 million on-demand official streams of the album’s 36 tracks. Album sales contributed 2,000 units to the total, while track equivalent albums (TEA) added another 1,000 units.
Morgan Wallen Setting Records
“One Thing at a Time” now holds the record for the most weeks at number one since Adele’s iconic “21,” which ruled the charts for 24 nonconsecutive weeks back in 2011-12. Wallen’s album made a triumphant debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart on March 18 and impressively maintained its grip on the top position for its first 12 weeks. It briefly stepped aside for two weeks, only to reclaim the throne for another three consecutive weeks at number one from June 24 to July 8.
Remarkably, even in its 31st week on the chart, “One Thing at a Time” shows no signs of letting go, consistently staying within the top four positions. This is a testament to the album’s enduring popularity and Wallen’s unwavering fan base.
But Morgan Wallen isn’t the only artist making waves on the Billboard 200 chart. The chart also sees the return of the prolific Ed Sheeran, who secures his seventh top-10 charting effort with his latest release, “Autumn Variations.” Debuting at an impressive number four, Sheeran continues his streak of top-five debuts in 2023, following his earlier success with “(Subtract)” in May.
Billboard’s 200 chart, which ranks the most popular albums of the week in the United States based on multi-metric consumption, uses a formula that considers album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA), and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). This system ensures a comprehensive view of an album’s popularity, reflecting the modern music landscape.
“One Thing at a Time” has achieved an impressive feat, as its 74,500-unit total is the lowest for a number one album in nearly a year-and-a-half, dating back to May 7, 2022, when Pusha T’s “It’s Almost Dry” debuted atop the chart with 55,000 units.
The Billboard 200 chart is filled with more star-studded names, with Rod Wave’s “Nostalgia” slipping to the second position in its third week, and Olivia Rodrigo’s “Guts” dropping to number three. Ed Sheeran’s “Autumn Variations” takes the number four slot, making it the top-selling album of the week with 46,500 album sales.
Notably, “Autumn Variations” was announced on August 24, just over a month before its release on September 29. This rapid turnaround speaks to Sheeran’s ability to create buzz and deliver highly anticipated music.
Four former number ones round out the top ten: Zach Bryan’s self-titled release stays steady at number five, SZA’s “SOS” remains at number six, Travis Scott’s “Utopia” holds onto number seven, and Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” surges to number eight.
Wrapping up the Billboard 200’s top 10 are Doja Cat’s “Scarlet,” slipping to number nine in its second week, and Peso Pluma’s “Génesis,” sliding to number 10.
With Morgan Wallen’s “One Thing at a Time” reclaiming the top spot, and Ed Sheeran’s “Autumn Variations” making a significant debut, the Billboard 200 continues to showcase the industry’s top talent. Stay tuned for the full chart update on Billboard’s website on October 10th, and for all the latest chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.