Dua Lipa’s ‘Levitating’ Is Most-Streamed Song of 2021 In U.S., Morgan Wallen’s ‘Dangerous: The Double Album’ Is MRC Data’s Top Album


Plus: Total album consumption grows 11% in U.S., album sales increase for the first time in a decade, vinyl sales outpace CD sales for the first time in modern era & on-demand streaming increases 10%.

Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album rounds out 2021 as the most popular album of the year in the U.S., according to MRC Data. Meanwhile, Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” was the most-streamed song and most-heard song on the radio.

Dangerous: The Double Album is Wallen’s second full-length studio album and was released on Jan. 8, 2021. It finishes the year with 3.226 million equivalent album units earned in the U.S. Most of that sum was driven by streaming activity of the set’s sprawling 30-song tracklist. Dangerous is the first country music release to be MRC Data’s year-end top album since 2009, when Taylor Swift’s Fearless was the champ

2021 also marks the sixth straight year a solo male has MRC Data’s top album, following Lil Baby’s My Turn (2020), Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding (2019), Drake’s Scorpion (2018), Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) (2017) and Drake’s Views (2016). The last time an album not by a solo male was tops for the year was in 2015, when Adele’s 25 ruled.

MRC Data’s 2021 tracking year ran from Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 30, 2021.

Equivalent album units – for album titles and chart rankings cited below (but not industry volume numbers) – comprise traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album, or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. Album titles and album chart rankings by equivalent album units do not include UGC (user-generated content) streams, but UGC streams are included in MRC Data’s industry volume numbers. (UGC streams are not factored into any of Billboard’s weekly charts.)

For the sake of clarity, equivalent album units do not include listening to music on broadcast radio or digital radio broadcasts. All numbers cited in this story are rounded, and for the U.S. only. Programmed streams are not included in any of the data in this story.




The last time they were shown together was on Gómez’s Instagram in March 2021

On November 14, 2021, a video of Taylor went viral on Tiktok and this is due to an incredible reason: the clip features Selena Gomez by her side. Undoubtedly, this event surprised all her fans who did not hesitate to show their love in the comments.

@taylorswift OH NO @selenagomez #snl #swifttok ♬ Oh no my bestie is a bad b – Luke Franchina

From what we could tell, Gomez was backstage at Saturday Night Live, where Swift was a guest to promote her recently re-recorded album, Red (Taylor’s Version) and perform the new 10-minute version of All Too Well. Before Taylor went on set, she decided to joke around a bit on Tiktok with Selena.

Moreover, the clip has not only gone viral in November, but in the recent 2022 is still appearing in the «For You» category. In fact, so far the film has more than 18 million «likes». A viral that continues to show us that true friendships do exist.

The last time we saw a post of the two together was on Selena’s Instagram in March 2021. There, Gomez dedicated some nice words to her friend in an indirect (very direct) way: «Missing this one.» We’ll repeat what one fan in the video replied: will they ever release a song together?