Country Star Morgan Wallen Says He’s Putting Off Return To Stage, Will Continue To Work On Himself Following February Scandal

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He continued, “I've found this time away to be very valuable to me in many ways, but I feel like I need a little more of it, and therefore will not be performing tour dates this summer. It means I won't be playing festivals or the Luke Bryan tour dates. VarietyMorgan Wallen Says He Won’t Play Shows This Summer, Is Still Working on Himself Following Scandal

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Singer Morgan Wallen won't tour this summer

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Morgan Wallen won't be performing concerts for the remainder of year amid racial slur controversy

Daily Mail 15 April, 2021 - 08:49am

By Dailymail.com Reporter

Morgan Wallen took to social media on Tuesday to say that he won't be performing concerts for the remainder of the year amid a time of introspection in the wake of his scandal in which he was caught on tape saying a racial slur.

'I’ve found this time away to be very valuable to me in many ways, but I feel like I need a little more of it, and therefore will not be performing tour dates this summer,' the country music artist, 27, said in a handwritten note posted Tuesday.

The Sneedville, Tennessee native said that he 'won’t be playing festivals or the Luke Bryan tour dates,' as he was slated to be on Bryan's Proud to Be Right Here Tour, as well as country festivals such as Kansas's Kicker Country Stampede and the Country Jam USA in Wisconsin.

The latest: Morgan Wallen, 27, took to social media on Tuesday to say that he won't be performing concerts for the remainder of the year amid a time of introspection in the wake of his scandal in which he was caught on tape saying a racial slur 

The Whiskey Glasses artist added, 'It's important to me personally, if you can, still go to these shows - support country music. Country music is back and that’s a beautiful damn thing.'

In the post, Wallen admitted he had 'made some mistakes' and was looking to turn them into a learning experience.

'I’m figuring those out and I apologized because I was truly sorry and have been making my amends,' Wallen said. 'I wanted to let you guys know that I have taken a couple months away and feel like I've really worked on myself. I’m proud of the work I’ve put in and in many ways thankful to have had the time to do it.'

He added, 'I am still very proud of who I am and the man I am becoming.'

The country music artist opened up in a handwritten note posted Tuesday 

In the post, Wallen admitted he had 'made some mistakes' and was looking to turn them into a learning experience 

Wallen also referenced the commercial success of his Dangerous: The Double Album, which was on top of the Billboard 200 for 10 weeks.

'I would have been proud of this album had it not done any of those things, but it did,' he said. 'My story is far from over & getting back out to see y'all is all I can think about. So just know you'll be seeing me sooner than later.'

Wallen's controversy arose after a neighbor recorded the country artist as he came back to his house with friends January 31, disturbing neighbors with loud noise and car horns. He was heard telling an acquaintance, 'Take care of this p**** ass n*****' and 'take care of this p**** ass mother******' as he entered his abode in a clip posted on TMZ.

Background: Wallen was heard on a recording made by neighbor and posted on TMZ earlier this year, using the racial slur as he chat with friends while returning to his Music City home

In a subsequent apology, Wallen said he was 'embarrassed and sorry' over the exchange.

'I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back,' he said. '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.'

Wallen was subsequently suspended 'indefinitely' by label Big Loud, with his music banned on radio stations for iHeart, Cumulus and Entercom. He was also declared ineligible for the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Despite his banning from the event, a spate of billboards recently surfaced in Nashville saying that Wallen should be crowned Entertainer of the Year at the ACM Awards. 

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Morgan Wallen says he won't perform this summer

WZTV 15 April, 2021 - 08:49am

Morgan Wallen says he won't be performing this summer after using racial slur

Tennessean 15 April, 2021 - 08:49am

Country singer Morgan Wallen announced Tuesday he wouldn't be performing this summer.

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Country singer Morgan Wallen announced Tuesday he wouldn't be performing this summer, two months after a video surfaced of him shouting a racial slur in Nashville. 

"I found this time away to be very valuable to me in many ways, but I feel like I need a little more it, and therefore will not be performing tour dates this summer," Wallen said in a letter posted to Twitter. 

Big Loud Records, Wallen's record label, suspended him following the incident. He then posted an apology video to YouTube, where he asked his followers who defended him to stop. 

Wallen had been set to open for Luke Bryan's Proud To Be Right Here tour that was originally scheduled for the summer of 2020 and pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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He was also on the lineup for several country music festivals.

"I’ve made some mistakes, I’m figuring those out, and I apologized because I was truly sorry and have been making my amends," Wallen said in the letter Tuesday.

The singer said he's working to improve but also "very proud of who I am and the man I am becoming."

Wallen said he's back in Nashville and was "looking forward" to returning soon. 

"My story is far from over," Wallen said. "Just know you'll be seeing me sooner than later."

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Morgan Wallen says he's back in Nashville

WSMV Nashville 15 April, 2021 - 08:49am

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - SEPTEMBER 13: Morgan Wallen performs onstage during the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry on September 13, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards is on September 16, 2020 with some live and some prerecorded segments. (Photo by Jason Kempin/ACMA2020/Getty Images for ACM)

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Embattled country artist Morgan Wallen says that he is back, according to a recent Tweet. 

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This news comes after Morgan's drunken late-night racist rant that went viral earlier this year. Morgan was recorded by his neighbors screaming the "N" word in his driveway during the early morning hours of February 1st. 

Morgan doesn't go into great detail, but he says "I'm back in Nashville getting back in the swing of things & you guys can rest assured that I am looking forward to giving you guys what you deserve, especially after all you've done for me."

WSMV.com is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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Morgan Wallen drops out of Country Thunder music festival

AZFamily 15 April, 2021 - 08:49am

FLORENCE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Country singer, Morgan Wallen, drops out of Country Thunder music festival and will be replaced with Old Dominion. 

"We, at Country Thunder, are very disappointed that Morgan Wallen has decided to cancel his 2021 events. We were looking forward to hosting Morgan just as much as everyone was to see him perform, and we wish him the best," says Country Thunder in a press release. 

Wallen released a statement on Instagram on Wednesday stating that he has been working on some things personally following a viral video of him using a racial slur earlier this year. 

"I wanted to let you guys know that I've taken a couple months away and feel like I've really worked on myself. I'm proud of the work I've put in and in many ways thankful to have had the time to do it. I've needed this time off."

"My story is far from over and getting back out to see y'all is all I can think about. So just know, you'll be seeing me sooner than later."

The festival has been postponed until October 14 through 17 due to COVID-19 and will be at the Canyon Moon Ranch. The headliners will be Luke Combs, Eric Church, Dustin Lynch and more.

Weekend general admission passes, single-day tickets, camping and more are still available and can be ordered on their website or by calling 1-865-388-0007. 

Country Thunder will also honor tickets sold for last year's cancelled festival. Current ticket holders will automatically be honored for the rescheduled 2021 dates. 

Full lineup, tickets, and more information can be found on their website here. The festival is located at 20585 E Water Way in Florence, Arizona.

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Country Stampede announces new Friday night headliner

WIBW 15 April, 2021 - 08:49am

The headlining act was changed following Morgan Wallen’s announcement that he will not be performing in 2021.

The new Friday night headliner, replacing Morgan Wallen, for 2021 Country Stampede, has been announced as Sam Hunt on the Country Stampede Facebook page.

2021 Country Stampede will be held at the Heartland Motorsports Park on Thursday, June 24th through Saturday, June 26, 2021. You can find the complete lineup on their website CountryStampede.com.

Why did country star Morgan Wallen leave music? Is he coming back?

Deseret News 15 April, 2021 - 08:49am

Why hasn’t Morgan Wallen returned to music yet?

Country music star Morgan Wallen returned to Instagram Wednesday to reveal that he will not be performing at any concerts this summer and will be taking some time away from music.

Wallen has spent some time away from the spotlight due to a scandal in February. He said in his recent Instagram post that he will continue to work on himself during the time away from music.

He said the time away from music has been beneficial to him and, he said, he needs more time away, according to Deadline.

The scandal with Wallen began back in February after TMZ posted a video that showed Wallen returning home from a night out in Nashville, The New York Times reports. The video showed Wallen shouting at someone and yelling a racial slur.

Spotify, Apple and popular radio stations removed his music from the radio, as I explained for the Deseret News. And the 2021 American Country Music Awards banned Wallen from entering music for the award show.

Wallen did apologize for the incident, though, according to The New York Times.

Wallen said he would leave social media and head “off the grid” to deal with himself in the wake of the scandal.

How Racist Do You Have to Be to Defend Someone Who Asked You to Stop Defending the Racist Slurs They Used?

InsideHook 15 April, 2021 - 08:49am

The latest example of Wallen’s out-of-control fans’ going out of their way to defend the indefensible comes in the form of some digital billboards that have cropped out around Nashville. As Rolling Stone reports, the billboards — which read “His Fan’s [sic] Choice: Entertainer of the Year” and urge people to “Support That Boy From ‘East Tennessee!’” — did not initially disclose who paid for them, but they now include a line about being “Paid for by Darleen Ingram and 824 Loyal Fans.”

The “Entertainer of the Year” reference implies that the billboards are meant as a show of support leading up to this Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards in Nashville. In the wake of the n-word scandal, the Academy said it would “halt” Wallen’s “potential involvement and eligibility” for this year’s ceremony.

But what the fans responsible for the billboards have chosen to ignore is the face that Wallen himself has accepted the consequences of his actions and admitted there’s no excuse for what he did. In one of several apology videos, Wallen asked his fans not to defend him. “I have one favor to ask,” he said in the video. “I appreciate those who still see something in me and have defended me. But for today, please don’t. I was wrong. It’s on me to take ownership for this. And I fully accept any penalties I’m facing.”

If Wallen can accept those penalties, why can’t his fans? Public displays of support for him reek of racism, especially when he has specifically requested that they stop. If it was really simply about being a big Morgan Wallen fan, they’d respect his wishes and stand down. But, of course, there’s something more sinister at play when you throw all your unsolicited support behind someone who was caught using a despicable racial slur.

No one expects Wallen to be canceled forever. People are capable of growth and change, but in order to do so, we need to give them the time and space to learn from their mistakes. Forgiveness is possible once someone like Wallen can demonstrate their evolution with actions. Let’s see Wallen use his massive platform to speak out about racial injustice, champion Black country artists and maybe donate some of the many millions of dollars his album Dangerous has raked in to charities that promote diversity and equality. Then we can talk about a potential comeback. But to blindly absolve him of his sins from the get-go — against his own wishes — is nothing short of a tacit endorsement of racism.

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Morgan Wallen breaks months-long silence after using racial slur: ‘I've really worked on myself’

Fox News 15 April, 2021 - 08:49am

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Morgan Wallen claims to have "really worked" on himself over the past several months away from the spotlight after the country music star was caught on camera hurling the N-word in February.

The incident led to Wallen’s record label, Big Loud Records, suspending him and conglomerates like iHeartRadio pulling the 27-year-old’s music from their stations.

Furthermore, he was also deemed ineligible for the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) set to take place on Sunday, April 18 in Nashville, Tenn.

Wallen took to social media to issue a handwritten apology, and although much of the scribe centers on the success of his January release, "Dangerous: The Double Album" -- which has enjoyed a chart-topping debut only surpassed by Taylor Swift’s version of "Fearless" -- he opened up about the road he’s traveled since his world came crashing down.

While he said he has become a better person because of what went down, Wallen also told his fans that he will be taking a break from performing this summer.

"I have felt a lot of love lately from so many people I haven't gotten to know yet," Wallen began, while thanking his fans who stood beside him. "I know my corner hasn't been the most popular one to stand in recently, but many of you did anyway."

Wallen maintained that he had "made some mistakes" in 2020 and called it a "tough year," likely pointing to his public intoxication arrest in May and disorderly conduct charges in September.

The country star was also scratched as a performer on "Saturday Night Live" after he was spotted partying at a bar without practicing social distancing just days before his scheduled performance.

"I'm figuring those out and I apologized because I was truly sorry and have been making my amends," he wrote, although he didn’t specify what he had been trying to correct.

Added Wallen: "I wanted to let you guys know that I've taken a couple months away and feel like I've really worked on myself. I'm proud of the work I've put in and in many ways thankful to have had the time to do it. I've needed this time off."

He went on to write that he always "strives to be better" and that his time away from the spotlight not only helped him identify the ways he wants to improve but also "reminded me that I am still very proud of who I am and the man I am becoming."

"I found this time away to be very valuable to me in many ways, but I feel like I need a little more of it and therefore will not be performing tour dates this summer," Wallen wrote, before encouraging fans to still attend the scheduled dates of Luke Bryan's tour as well as other festivals. 

Billboards supporting Wallen even surfaced in Nashville this week naming him as the fans' choice for Entertainer of the Year.

Wallen pressed that his story is "far from over" and he is eager to give his fans what they "deserve."

"So just know you'll be seeing me sooner than later," he wrote.

In a statement released in early February, the ACM announced they'd barred "Wallen's potential involvement and eligibility for this year's 56th Academy of Country Music Awards cycle."

"The Academy does not condone or support intolerance or behavior that doesn't align with our commitment and dedication to diversity and dedication," the statement continued, promising to "expedite" diversity training available to the "country music artist community."

Finally, the Academy said that they'd be looking into their "awards eligibility and submission process" in order to ensure that the "nominees consistently reflect the Academy's integrity."

After a video of Wallen’s incident hit the internet in February, he came out strong in apology for his actions.

"I'm embarrassed and sorry," Wallen said in a statement shared with Fox News.

"I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back," he continued. "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."

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