Morgan Wallen Officially Reinstated by Pandora After Three Month Ban

Screenshots of Morgan Wallen being played on Pandora accounts on Friday, May 14th.

Screenshots of Morgan Wallen being played on Pandora accounts on Friday, May 14th.

SiriusXM-owned Pandora Radio has now lifted its three-month ban on Morgan Wallen music, according to multiple reports from fans.

The Morgan Wallen ban was lifted at some point Friday afternoon (May 14th), according to numerous reports (and associated screengrabs) from die-hard fans. The streaming radio platform, which is now owned by Sirius XM Holdings Inc., first removed Wallen from its channels in early February after the singer was filmed uttering a racial slur outside of his home. Shortly after the incident, Pandora scrubbed all of Morgan Wallen’s tracks from its service, even from Morgan Wallen stations.

At this point, it’s unclear if SiriusXM is planning a similar reinstatement on its satellite radio channels. A formal announcement hasn’t been issued on the matter — and may never be issued. Indeed, it’s possible that Pandora was hoping to quietly reinstate Wallen into its playlists to appease angry listeners.

Earlier, a number of broadcast radio stations reported getting flooded by calls from angry Wallen fans after they removed the singer’s music from their broadcasts. Currently, most broadcast radio stations in America are still blocking Wallen’s music, though a number have reinstated the singer’s tracks in response to heavy protests from fans.

It’s unclear if Pandora lost listeners as a result of the Wallen ban, though listener attrition remains a serious problem for the online radio platform. While competitors like Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music continue to amass new users and subscribers, Pandora has been shedding listeners for years. In the past two years alone, Pandora has lost more than 10 million active users, a situation that likely made it difficult to alienate a large section of country music fans.

The news of the Pandora reinstatement closely follows a change-of-tone by Wallen’s label, Big Loud Records.

Earlier this week, the CEO of Big Loud, Seth England, openly expressed his support for Wallen, before footing the bill on an expensive birthday golf outing for the singer. Big Loud, which is partnered with Republic Records and Universal Music Group, has yet to officially reinstate Wallen after suspending the singer in February, however.

Other platforms are toying with reinstatements. Spotify, for example, reintegrated Wallen into a few country playlists. But Spotify stopped short of reinstating the singer into its marquee playlist, Hot Country, which draws millions of country fans.

Separately, Morgan Wallen decided to cancel his entire summer touring itinerary in the wake of the controversy. That included a number of country festival dates and an entire tour opening for Luke Bryan. It’s unclear when Wallen will resume his touring plans, though there are currently rumblings of a possible headlining arena tour in 2022.

 

 

42 Responses

    • Carie Fazzio

      Wow you obviously don’t know good music and you obviously are one of those people who cry over everything Morgan Wallen did nothing wrong nothing he said a word that so many people say and shame on you all for your judgment that’s supposed to be in the hands of God so how’s that taste in your mouth you broke a 10 commandment honey

    • Marty

      Never stopped the hate, you mean. Way to support racism! You’re a real gem.

      • Jo

        Whoo Hoo! You can’t keep a good man down. Banned for 3 months and still had the top Album for 10 consecutive weeks ❤️

        • Marty

          Pay attention you fucking moron. Wallen did it two times. He was caught the first time, then did it again. He has no remorse, despite his lying pleas. You watch, he’ll get caught doing it again. Then what? You and people like you will try to defend his actions yet again, proving yet again that you’re racists.

          • Jack Stuart

            You mean he said that word that is in every fricken’ rap song? (clutches pearls!)

          • Jay

            Get your facts straight Marty. Don’t listen to stories told to you by your buddies do your own research. This is the only time he was caught using the N word. He said once just like Justin Beiber, Post Malone, and John Mayer.

          • Carie

            Show us where he said it twice and come on people give me a freaking break sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me whatever happened to this why is everybody crying over a freaking word call me a cracker call me a freaking hell face call me freaking anything you want sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me grow a backbone this is getting way out of control that people aren’t even allowed to freaking talk in their own driveways

      • LL

        This is the way I look at it. He did not break the law, he did not assault anyone and he did not use it in a derogatory manner towards a black person. I feel he needed to be educated about how terrible the word is and why it should not be used by anyone. His punishment was extreme but he handled it well.

        • Amanda

          I agree!! He handled himself with grace and I believe he is truly sorry. He should get a second chance. I downloaded his album and loved every song.

      • Carie

        He did nothing wrong that comment had nothing to do with racist or racism and you know it he didn’t even see black when he said it get a life

  1. Jason Stewart

    A 3-month ban shows that there are penalties to actions.

      • Kirk

        Say racist shit and your get a reaction. Wallen did. Hopefully he learned his lesson. Again.

    • Jay

      Marty your saying that anyone who listens to Morgan Wallen is racist? So is anyone who listens to Mike Jackson a child molester? Anyone who listens to Chris Brown a wife beater? You have a narrow view of the world. Telling by the record sales your opinion doesn’t matter much.

  2. Theresa Ankney

    You need to get that piece of crap neighbor of yours to move, never stop listening and love your music.!

  3. Sara

    I’ll pay for Pandora again. Stopped paying day of ban.

    • Fren T.

      Really? You stopped paying for Pandora. I doubt that. You’re a liar…and a supporter of racism.

  4. Da baby

    When does Jay z..and da baby get a ban for using that word. ..or is it not racist then?

    • Brenda N

      Idiot response alert. You make idiots look like geniuses.

      • GAHT

        Stop with the racist shit, Morgan was talking to his friend. Not in any way using it to be racist. Oh but black singers and people can use it in songs and towards each other and it’s ok,right? No it’s not ok, f**kin double standard is what it is you stupid idiots. Marty your the f**kin Moran!!!

        • Marty

          Intelligent response in a further attempt to justify racism. You don’t get it, because you’re too stupid to get it. Talking to a friend doesn’t make it ok. Just because others do something doesn’t make it ok.

  5. Dana

    I LOVE YA MORE THAN MY HOME TOWN MORGAN!!! READY FOR A CONCERT NOW.

    • Bobby

      You’re either a fool, a bot or the same idiot who posts under many different names to make it looks like Wallen really has support. I think you’re the first and the third.

  6. Anonymous

    Never should’ve been banned
    #patriot #morgan #hypocrisy #fuckallya’ll

      • Brett H. Ratlian

        It is according to people in the South and idiots with zero moral compass.

        • Jill

          You mean those people who screw their relatives, have missing teeth and make alkihol behind their trailer? Ha ha ha ha!

          • Hazel

            You forgot the round mark pressed into their back pocket from the Skoal.

  7. Irma Mayhew-Lewison

    You can’t use an apostrophe within a hashtag. Just wanted to let you know.

  8. Carie

    Show us where he said it twice and come on people give me a freaking break sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me whatever happened to this why is everybody crying over a freaking word call me a cracker call me a freaking hell face call me freaking anything you want sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me grow a backbone this is getting way out of control that people aren’t even allowed to freaking talk in their own driveways what’s really sad is this is a free country people can go and burn our flag and because of freedom of speech or freedom of demonstration it’s okay but a white man says something a black person doesn’t like and suddenly he’s on cancel culture it wasn’t racist it wasn’t against a black person he was not being racist

    • Boris

      Racism is fine when it doesn’t affect you. Yeah, that logic makes sense. You’re a mess.

  9. braxtin

    cut the shit he was not trying to be racist now shut the fuck up bitches idiot

    • Walter

      He wasn’t trying, but he succeeded. Imagine that.