Big Loud Records has announced its decision to “indefinitely” suspend country superstar Morgan Wallen after video emerged showing the country star using a racist slur. Republic Records, which co-released Wallen’s latest album Dangerous: The Double Album, supports the company’s decision, according to a statement shared by both labels.
TMZ posted the video of Wallen using an anti-Black slur on Tuesday night (February 2). “I’m embarrassed and sorry,” Wallen told the outlet. “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.”
The BBC reports that Wallen’s songs are also being pulled from both radio rotations as well as Apple and Spotify playlists. According to Variety, Cumulus Media, one of the largest radio networks in America, sent a directive to more than 400 radio stations requesting them to remove Wallen’s music from their playlists. In addition, the Academy of Country Music issued a statement confirming that Wallen will be ineligible for this year’s Country Music Awards.
Dangerous: The Double Album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, a position it’s held for the past three weeks.
— Big Loud (@BigLoud) February 3, 2021