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Country singer and songwriter Morgan Wallen began to make a name for himself in the music industry. After his second studio album premiered at number one on the US Billboard 200 and US Top Country Albums charts in January, Wallen continued his rise and was expected to get numerous award nominations for the album. However, less than a month later, a video posted by TMZ would go on to ruin his career as a musician. Known for previous controversies, Wallen did post an apology after internet backlash. However, that apology did not stop him from being removed from radio stations, music streaming services, and getting his record contract suspended indefinitely. Even though Wallen has badly fallen in the music industry, the way he rose is something that may be surprising to some.
For those who watch television, it is likely that they’ve heard of the hit NBC show The Voice. After competing on season 6 on Adam Levine’s team, Wallen recorded his first EP Stand Alone with Panacea Records. From there, he went on to be introduced to people in Big Loud Records by his management company, and would go on to sign with them in 2016 and release his debut album If I Know Me. From that point on, it’s safe to say that the rest is history!
As previously mentioned, Wallen is no stranger to controversies and bad decisions. Other than the TMZ video, the singer received backlash last fall over videos of him partying at a bar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, his debut on Saturday Night Live was postponed to December. However, this did not destroy the career he began building for himself, as his album that was released one month after the performance was premiering at number one with positive reviews.
Even though Wallen released an incredible album, that wasn’t enough to prevent him from going through career downfall. As of now, Wallen and his music are banned from over 100 radio stations, removed from streaming playlists, removed from the CMT and Country Music Association platforms, suspended from Big Loud Records, and ineligible for the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards. Surprisingly enough, Wallen’s song and album sales have skyrocketed after the announcements made within the past week. Although rising sales may save him from becoming a past musician, no word on whether or not Wallen will survive this fall. For now, all that can be done is to give it time, and see if the singer will be able to rise again as a better man.