WALLEN has been suspended indefinitely from his label, BIG LOUD RECORDS, after TMZ shared a video on TUESDAY night (2/2) showing an apparently drunk WALLEN using a racial slur outside his home during a shouted exchange with friends on SUNDAY night (1/31).
Despite issuing a swift apology for the slur, Wallen's career now appears to be in jeopardy, with CMT and country radio stations distancing themselves from the singer and halting the use of his music. Republic Records, which partnered with Big Loud Records to put out Wallen's recent "Dangerous" album, supported the decision to suspend the contract, Big Loud Records announced in its statement.
'I think I just gotta be aware that most of my actions. will be brought to light, ' Wallen said.
Some radio stations have already removed his music from their playlists.
Variety is reporting that Cumulus Media has ordered that its 400 stations not play Wallen's music. "Effective immediately we request that all of Morgan Wallen's music be removed from our playlists without exception".
In the past year, Wallen has become country music's biggest new star. '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", his statement said.
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Wallen can be heard on the video calling his friend a "motherf--er" and then referring to the man using the N-word. Wallen is also unlikely to enjoy an appearance on April's Academy of Music Awards, June's CMT Awards or any of the other television exposure that might have been expected. The Big Loud/Republic Records artist is unquestionably the biggest breakout star in the country format this year, with unsafe garnering accolades including being the first country album to spend three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in eight years; as well as debuting at No. 1 atop the Billboard 200 Albums chart and earning the largest streaming week for a country album in history.
It seems as if Cumulus Media is not the only one taking action.
Wallen told Fox News he was "embarrassed and sorry" for using the racial epithet.
This morning, several Country programmers took to FACEBOOK asking colleagues how they were handling the situation. According to Country Insider, the record was streamed more than 240 million times in its first week.
In May, Wallen was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct outside Kid Rock's bar. "We keep them rich and protected at all costs with no recourse".
After all, his last controversy saw him booted as the musical guest for Saturday Night Live when pictures emerged of him partying maskless the week before he was supposed to be on the show. Its second single, "7 Summers", went to No. 1 on the U.S. County charts again, and placed No. 6 on the overall pop charts, the highest in Wallen's career.