Fast-rising country singer Morgan Wallen is now getting dropped by hundreds of radio stations after video emerged of him using the n-word.
Update: The list of cancellations and removals for Morgan Wallen continues to grow, with radio stations, streaming platforms, awards shows, and Wallen’s label severing their relationships with the singer. Here’s the latest update.
Morgan Wallen was recorded using the n-word outside of his home after a recent night of partying in Nashville. The video appears to have been recorded by a neighbor over the weekend while Wallen was getting dropped off. It was published by TMZ late Wednesday, and quickly sparked a fury on social media.
In reaction, Cumulus Media has now issued a directive to its 400-plus radio station network to immediately remove Wallen from its playlists — “without exception”. Cumulus is the second-largest radio station network in the U.S.
The video itself shows an inebriated Wallen saying goodbye to some friends as he walks towards his residence. Referring to an unnamed friend of his, he says, “take care of this p—y ass motherf—r,” followed by “take care of this p—y ass n—”. After that remark, Wallen walks towards his front door to crash for the night. The video quickly spread, with Wallen immediately issuing an apology for using the slur and promising to ‘do better’.
“I’m embarrassed and sorry,” Wallen stated. “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.”
Despite the apology, Cumulus has now issued an urgent email to its network station PDs to immediately drop the singer. Marked ‘EXTREMELY IMPORTANT,’ the message states in part: “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.”
Country radio stations are currently playing Wallen in heavy rotation, so the drop will be highly noticeable.
Currently, Wallen (Republic/UMG) is smashing records with multiple tracks on both radio and streaming networks. Just last month, the singer released an ambitious Dangerous: The Double Album, his second studio release.
At this point, it’s unclear if other radio station networks are taking similar actions. Separately, platforms like Spotify and Apple Music may also take action; currently, Wallen hasn’t been scrubbed from Spotify, though it appears that Apple Music is removing the artist from some of its promotional areas.
Late last year, Wallen was temporarily removed from Saturday Night Live after video emerged of the singer partying without a mask.
More as this develops.