Today, Morgan Wallen released a reimagined version of his 2015 single “Spin You Around,” which he did in protest to the fact that his former label and management team released an album today that he recorded from 2014, when he was first trying his hand at songwriting and making music, without his consent and very much against his wishes.
At the time, he signed a recording deal with a local investor in Florida, as well as an artist management deal – both of which he says he now regrets. Though it was supposed to be a 13-song album, five songs were released on his 2015 EP Stand Alone. The others, according to Morgan, weren’t up to his standards – and he never wanted them released.
That deluxe edition of Stand Alone is something Morgan did not want put out, and he shared in a lengthy post on Instagram that he “cringes” when he listens to those songs now. He added that he’s explored every avenue possible to stop its release, calling the move “gross, greedy & an example of how the dark side of the music business can suck the soul out of artists.”
It’s a pretty shady move from some people who are clearly just trying to capitalize on Morgan’s popularity and fame, though he did find a creative way to respond by re-recording “Spin You Around,” his most successful song from that EP.
Doing so ensures that he owns the rights to the song and not the shady former colleagues (which is exactly the reason Taylor Swift has been re-recording all of her old albums, as well).
The new version is similar to the original, though it is a little more stripped back and decidedly more country. I think many fans will like it better than the old one anyways, but still, it sucks that things had to get to this point.
Morgan also pledged $100k from the Morgan Wallen Foundation to the Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals For The Arts (VLPA) program to hopefully prevent the same situation from happening to other artists in the future, and you can read his full statement below:
“I’m writing y’all from a duck hunting trip because I want to fill you in on something happening tonight.
Back in 2014, I went to Florida to try my hand at making original music & songwriting for the first time. This led to a recording deal with a local investor & an artist management deal that I deeply regret. Unfortunately, I signed both deals without any legal representation.
We made 13 songs. Some were ok, most were terrible as I was just learning how to write in general & figuring it all out. I was not the only collaborator, so many of these songs were not my idea nor to my standards. We deemed 5 worthy-enough to make the Stand Alone EP which includes a fan-favorite, “Spin You Around.”
Tonight, those colleagues I parted ways with almost 10 years ago plan to release a “10th Anniversary” edition of Stand Alone against my wishes & include 8 unreleased songs, distributing it with the assistance of my former managers. For months I’ve been exploring every avenue possible to acquire the rights to this old music & keep the quality of my catalog consistent with songs I choose to release & believe in.
It’s gross, greedy & an example of how the dark side of the music business can suck the soul out of artists.
I want you to know this is NOT my new music & I don’t want to see this happen to anyone else. I cringe when I listen to these songs & I’m concerned my fans may mistakenly believe this is a new release by me. I begin recording my next project at the end of February. I’m feeling inspired creatively & super excited to make more music I’m proud of.
1. I re-recorded “Spin You Around (1/24)” this week in Nashville & it comes out TONIGHT. Thank you Joey Moi & Bryan Sutton. I did the artwork myself while in the woods duck hunting. Hope you like it, lol.
2. I am donating $100k from the Morgan Wallen Foundation to the Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals For The Arts (VLPA) program. I hope young aspiring musicians read this story & know they should never have to give up their creative freedoms for an opportunity in this business.
3. Trust me, when new music is ready, you’ll hear it directly from me.”
The original version of “Spin You Around” has already been certified double Platinum by the RIAA, and you can listen to the new version here: