And there it is.
In about 12 hours, Morgan Wallen has gone from the biggest thing in country music, with three straight weeks of the #1 album in all of music, to being suspended indefinitely by his record label Big Loud Records.
The label, with support from Republic who is distributing the new double album, has released the following statement:
“In the wake of recent events, Big Loud Records has made the decision to suspend Morgan Wallen’s recording contract indefinitely.
Republic Records fully supports Big Loud’s decision and agrees such behavior will not be tolerated.”
Video recently surfaced of Morgan yelling the n-word (among other profanities) outside of his house after him and a group of friends obnoxiously (and drunkenly) arrived home from a night of partying.
As a result, his music has been removed from Cumulus radio stations, CMT platforms, as well as iHeart, Entercom, Apple/Spotify playlists, and more.
Cumulus program directors across the country received the following message around midnight and became scrambling to remove him from today’s schedule:
“MORGAN WALLEN — EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
Team, unfortunately country music star Morgan Wallen was captured on video Sunday evening using a racial slur. Effective immediately we request that all of Morgan Wallen’s music be removed from our playlists without exception. More to follow.”
Morgan issued an apology when the news broke via TMZ, however no other statements regarding the incident, nor the removal of his music have been made.
“I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever.
I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better.”
Here’s the full video: