'I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back'.
Big Loud Records announced Wednesday that the record label would be suspending its contract with the country singer indefinitely.
Wallen can be heard on the video calling his friend a "motherf--er" and then referring to the man using the N-word.
Hundreds of radio stations have dropped one of country music's biggest stars after he was recorded using a racial slur over the weekend. Neither Spotify nor Apple Music have issued statements on the matter, but Wallen's tracks have now gone missing from several marquee country playlists.
Republic Records, which he is co-signed to, said it agreed with Big Loud's decision and that "such behaviour will not be tolerated".
Variety reported, "Besides having far and away the biggest selling and streaming album in any genre since "Dangerous: The Double Album" made its blockbuster debut three weeks ago, Wallen now also has five out of the top 20 tracks on the Rolling Stone songs chart".
Cumulus Media, the second-largest radio chain in the USA, released a statement to its stations Tuesday night ordering them to remove Wallen's songs from their playlists, Variety reported. "If you condone or try to justify @MorganWallen's latest behavior, there is NO place for you in the Country Music community or ANY community". I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. A spokesperson for iHeartMedia - the largest radio owner in the USA, with more than 800 stations - said they had removed Wallen's music from rotation.
On Tuesday, Cumulus Media, the second-largest radio chain, also sidelined Wallen's music from broadcasting on his 400-plus stations.
Hours after video surfaced of Wallen using a racist slur, a major radio conglomerate pulled his music indefinitely. "There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever", he said. He adds, "I promise to do better".
CMT, the country music television channel owned by Viacom, also suspended Wallen's music.
Last October, he was disinvited from playing Saturday Night Live after he was videotaped partying and breaking COVID-19 safety protocols before his appearance. But "SNL" rebooked him for December after he made an apology, and the show made light of it in a sketch in which he appeared. The singer has been silent on social media since Monday. So what exactly are y'all going to do about it?
Singer Maren Morris criticised the country scene for not taking a stronger line against stars who hold racist views. "We keep them rich and protected at all costs with no recourse".