The very same week his album Dangerous: The Double Album scored a third week at #1 and was poised for a fourth week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart, Morgan Wallen decided to, after returning home from a night of partying somewhere, was caught on video using a racial slur. It’s the third and worst transgression in the past 12 months for the star singer and it clearly is the straw that broke the camel’s back as the response this morning has been quick as his songs have been pulled from all streaming playlists (except for one focused on his own songs) and radio stations have suspended playing his music nationwide as a result. His label (which also manages and publishes his songwriting), Big Loud Records, has suspended him indefinitely too.
Wallen, whose “7 Summers” was well on its way to being a massive radio hit, will need to look internally and figure out why he keeps stumbling when he should be soaring. Every step he took as his career has taken off has brought him closer to falling further. It remains to be seen if this “cancel” is permanent on country music’s part or if, after a period of taking care of his problems — which seems to include alcohol as it was a catalyst for every one of his events but no means an excuse — we see Morgan Wallen having any sort of successful career that rivaled where he was prior to the February 2 2021 incident outside of his own home.