Morgan Wallen, one of country music’s biggest rising stars, has been “suspended” from his label for using a racial slur.
Earlier this week, the Nashville-based record company Big Loud said that it has suspended its recording contract with Wallen “indefinitely” after footage of the singer using a racial slur had surfaced. In the clip, published by TMZ, Wallen had hurled profanities and a slur to his friends outside his home after a rowdy night out.
Republic Records, which Wallen is also signed to, also supported Big Loud’s decision. “Such behavior will not be tolerated,” the labels wrote in a joint statement.
— Big Loud (@BigLoud) February 3, 2021
Several local radio broadcasters—including iHeartRadio, Entercom and Cumulus—have also announced that they will no longer play Wallen’s music on their stations. Streaming services such as Pandora, CMT and SiriusXM have also removed Wallen’s content on their platforms, while Spotify and Apple Music have taken the singer off their in-house playlists and landing pages, per Variety.
In a statement, Wallen expressed his regret over his behavior. “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,” he told TMZ.
Wallen is also no longer eligible for the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards, which is currently consolidating nominations for its ceremony in April. Meanwhile, the Country Music Association is removing all of Wallen’s digital content on its platform, adding that it will “review additional measures and will continue to examine our industry’s inclusivity efforts.”
Read the statements below.
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) February 3, 2021
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) February 3, 2021
This isn’t the first time Wallen has been rapped for controversial behavior. Last year, the singer was booted from Saturday Night Live’s line-up for flouting COVID-19 restrictions, although he was later re-invited to perform on another episode.
In January, Wallen released his second studio album Dangerous: The Double Album.