Morgan Wallen says racial slur was deleted from country music radio
One of the biggest names in country music will not have his songs played on major radio stations and streaming platforms after being heard utter a racial insult.
Morgan Wallen, whose album “Dangerous” topped the Billboard charts for three consecutive weeks, said in a statement he was “embarrassed and sorry” for using the racial slur. A clip shared by TMZ on Tuesday shows him calling one of his friends the N-word.
“I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back,” he said in a statement to Tennessean. “There are never any excuses for using this type of language. I sincerely apologize for using that word. I promise to do better.
But its language prompted Cumulus Media, which controls more than 400 radio stations in the United States, to remove Wallen’s music from their rotation, Variety reported.
Cumulus Media’s executive vice president of programming has emailed their program directors regarding them of the directive.
“The team, unfortunately, country music star Morgan Wallen was filmed on Sunday night using a racial slur,” the email read, according to the BBC. “Effective immediately, we request that all music by Morgan Wallen be removed from our playlists without exception. “
iHeartRadio also made the decision Wednesday to remove Wallen’s music from its stations, Billboard reported.
“In light of Morgan Wallen’s recent actions involving the use of racist slurs, we have made the decision to remove his music and content from our stations with immediate effect,” an iHeartRadio spokesperson told Billboard .
SiriusXM and Pandora then made the decision to remove Wallen’s content from their services, Variety reported.
His songs were also removed from Apple Music‘s Today’s Country playlist, as well as Spotify’s Hot Country Songs playlist, the BBC reported.
On Wednesday afternoon, Big Loud Records announced that it was suspend Wallen’s recording contract indefinitely. Republic Records, with which Wallen is co-signed, said he agreed with Big Loud’s decision.
CMT said on Wednesday that he was “in the process of removing his appearances from all of our platforms.”
“We do not condone or condone words and actions that are in direct opposition to our core values which celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion,” said CMT.
The language used by Wallen led the Academy of Country Music to end its potential involvement and eligibility for this year’s awards ceremony. This year’s awards show is scheduled for April 18.
Wallen, named New Artist of the Year at last year’s CMA Awards, has not been immune to public reaction since taking the spotlight. In October, he was banned from the “Saturday Night Live” show after videos showed him partying in Alabama without a mask, McClatchy News reported.
He apologized for endangering the cast of “SNL”. He ended up making his first appearance on the show in December.
In May, Wallen was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct after being kicked out of Nashville’s Kid Rock bar, according to The Tennessean.
“It’s actually representative of our city because it’s not his first ‘brawl’ and he just broke a huge streaming record last month anyway,” Morris said. “We all know it wasn’t the first time he had used this word. We keep them rich and protected at all costs without any recourse. “
Wallen’s latest album broke numerous records, including most streams for a country album in a week and Spotify’s all-time day one record, according to Rolling Stone.
This story was originally published 3 February 2021 8:55 a.m.