The voice Alum Morgan Wallen is airing again on country radio after being banned for several months following the posting of a video that captured him using a racial slur. The country music singer made his debut as a contestant for the NBC singing competition series in Season 6, which aired in 2014. He auditioned for Voice coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Shakira and Usher with “Collide” by Howie Day. Only Shakira and Usher turned their chairs for him. Wallen ended up choosing the singer of “DJ Got Us Fallin ‘In Love” as his coach. During The Battles Round 2, Wallen lost his battle but was robbed by Levine. He ended up being eliminated in the Playoffs.
Despite this early exit from The voice, Wallen has found great success in the music industry. He released an EP in 2015, and his first album, If I know myself, was released in 2018. His second album, Dangerous: the double album, which was released in January, spent seven weeks atop the Billboard 200 graphic. But over the past year, Wallen has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Prior to his scheduled appearance on Saturday Night Live last October, The voice alum was caught violating COVID-19 guidelines by partying without a mask at a bar. His SNL the apparition has been rescheduled for December. Then a video was posted online earlier this year showing him using a racial slur. As a result, his music was taken off country radio and temporarily removed from some streaming services. His label ended up suspending him and he was banned from some music awards shows. Despite the scandal, his fans remained by his side, as evidenced by the surge in his album sales.
According to Variety, Wallen’s music is slowly being added to country radio after being banned for about four months. As one radio executive put it, “There was no fanfare when people started adding it. He was completely overpowered and unnoticed. It’s like a soft opening.“Individual stations owned by companies such as iHeartRadio and Cox Media are allowed to decide for themselves what to do with Wallen’s music.”Yes [they’re] comfortable putting his music on the radio and thinks the guy has been on the sidelines long enough, that’s [their] call,“, added the executive.
The radios are “not [making] A big deal“on Wallen’s return to the air.”It’s something that people will do quietly and don’t want to make a lot of noise,another insider explained.It’s like, making it blend into the mosaic of the thing.“It seems that this decision to lift The voice the ban on alum stems not only from the time that has elapsed since the start of the scandal, but also from “reasonable signals from [Wallen’s] world that it faces its challenges“, both with racial sensibility and drug addiction. Even his record company lifted his suspension.
It’s no surprise that Wallen is back in country music. It’s clear his fans don’t care that he used a racial slur, and they fully support him. Radio stations probably felt the pressure from their listeners. The decision to quietly lift the ban appears to be a way not to anger Wallen’s critics. When a celebrity goes through a scandal that causes them to stay away from the public for a while, that time away seems to heal some of the wounds, even if only on a superficial level. Sometimes fans and critics are able to forgive after a while. Only time will tell if The voice alum Wallen is truly ready to change for the better.
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