Spotify Releases an Exclusive Morgan Wallen ‘Enhanced Album’ for Fans — Just Days After Its Playlist Ban

Just days after removing Morgan Wallen from a number of high-profile country playlists, Spotify has launched a dedicated ‘enhanced album’ playlist for the singer’s fans. Wallen also appears to be getting slowing reinstated on other heavily-trafficked country playlists.

It looks like Spotify is already forgiving Morgan Wallen — and quietly resuming its promotion of the country artist. Earlier this week, the streaming giant moved forward with plans to launch a playlist dedicated to Wallen’s recently-released album, Dangerous: The Double Album. The playlist, which is featured within the artist’s results page on Spotify, has amassed nearly 200,000 followers in just three days.

The playlist itself is a deep-dive into Wallen’s album, and features bonus tracks, live cuts, and an overall closer look at the artist and his work. The album-focused playlist format isn’t new for Spotify, but is somewhat surprising considering the platform’s earlier response to the artist.

Earlier this month, the streaming platform removed Wallen from its marquee country playlists after video surfaced of the singer uttering the n-word after a night of partying in Nashville. The removal included Hot Country, a playlist that boasts over 6.2 million followers and previously featured multiple tracks from Wallen. Wallen was also wiped from other playlists — both inside and outside of the country genre — a drastic move that immediately plunged Wallen’s playlist-based streams.

Getting yanked from marquee Spotify playlists is enough to torpedo an artist’s career — or at least put a dent in things. Alongside the Spotify yank, Wallen was also blacklisted by hundreds of country radio stations nationwide, fired by William Morris Agency, removed by SiriusXM and Pandora, and deemed ineligible to receive awards from the Country Music Awards. But despite losing all of that, Wallen’s streams, song downloads, and album sales surged, while radio stations battled irate fans who promised to stop listening entirely.

During the most recent week, sales of Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album, tripled. The release topped multiple album charts for the fourth week straight, and both streams and followers surged on platforms like Spotify. It’s unclear if Spotify faced pressure from Wallen fans — including threats to terminate subscriptions — though the Dangerous playlist first surfaced on Tuesday, February 9th, exactly one week after damning video of the singer first surfaced.

Unlike other platforms, Spotify has remained entirely silent over the Wallen issue.

They didn’t issue an announcement alongside their mass-removal of Wallen from various playlists. Similarly, the Wallen Dangerous playlist was quietly launched, though Wallen fans likely received in-app notification. Similarly, Wallen appears to be getting quietly added to a few country playlists, including Country Coffeehouse, which has nearly 600,000 followers and added a Wallen track for several days this week.

In total, Wallen enjoys nearly 1.4 million followers on Spotify, an increase of more than 100,000 this month.

 

15 Responses

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    Tony Duncan

    Morgan said something he shouldn’t, but banning Him Is the worst Mistake they can do, because it’s the best Album I’ve heard in Years,, and I don’t believe he Racist at all! He’s the best Country Singer Performer that’s out right now, and I’m sure there’s several Jealous Entertainers because of his success!

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      Lisa

      I agree however I wouldn’t purchase anything from a company that originally dropped his music! It was available on Amazon and YouTube music this entire time. I think he is learning from his mistake. I think everyone jumped on the ban him bandwagon before they EVEN knew what was going on! Wasn’t that a friend of his? Yes a word he shouldn’t have used but was there ILL intent? Sounded like dumb drunk take care of my boy to me.. I hate that word being used no matter what color you are.. Maybe Rap artists should stop using it so freely along with about 5 others that are demeaning I don’t see them being banned left and right!

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        Cancel Hypocricy

        Amen!! If they banned every movie and rap song that used that same word the list would never end. What about the group NWA whats that stand for? But that ones ok. FREE MORGAN WALLEN!! we love ya man. Got you on repeat and stopped listening to the country stations here in Jax over a week ago.

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          Herman

          Intent. Look up the word. Wallen was using words in a demeaning, racist manner. Compare to anything else you want, but this article isn’t about anything other than Wallen. He did it. He got caught. He is paying for it.

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        Aynomonus

        There is a huge double standard not only in the music industry going on. Free Morgan!

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    Tony Duncan

    Morgan said something he shouldn’t, but banning Him Is the worst Mistake they can do, because it’s the best Album I’ve heard in Years,, and I don’t believe he Racist at all! He’s the best Country Singer Performer that’s out right now, and I’m sure there’s several Jealous Entertainers because of his success!

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    Ryan

    Way to sell a NON story. This album was released day ONE. Good job trying to twist is against Spotify dumbass….

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      Watson

      Nice try. It says released 3 Days Ago right at the top. But even if it was released weeks ago, why didn’t Spotify ban it like everything else?

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    SONSA BITCHES!

    HOW DARE THEY!!!

    THE BLM WOKE 10 COMMANDMENTS HAS BEEN VIOLATED!!! THE ONLY REMAINING PUNISHABLE CRIME IN AMERICA.

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    Cancel Hypocricy

    Chris brown can beat the breaks off Rhianna and he gets played, R Kelly pees on ppl and diddles underage girls…still being played. How many NFL players have records for drugs and abuse etc, NBA Beasley threatened his wife with a gun and is still playing. The Boss just got a DWI is he dropped? Probably not. Morgans use of “the word” was meant the same way homies and bruhs use it every day not in a burn him in hell derogatory way some people want to twist it. Cant we all just get along??

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      Tanya

      Very different, and he’s a repeat offender. Can’t you just use your brain?