Morgan Wallen's album 'Dangerous' tops Billboard chart for fifth week after slur scandal
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Country star Morgan Wallen’s sophomore album “Dangerous: The Double Album” is number one on the Billboard 200 chart for the fifth week amid his racial slur scandal.
According to Billboard, “Dangerous” sold 150,000 units in the U.S. last week (ending Feb. 11) and his 2018 album “If I Know Me,” was also in the top 10.
Wallen has asked fans not to downplay the racist language he was caught saying on camera and said that he accepted the punishments he faced.
TMZ posted a video in February of Wallen saying a racial slur and Wallen apologized at the time. Wallen posted a five-minute Instagram video on Feb. 10 saying he had let so many people down, including his parents and his son.
MORGAN WALLEN’S ALBUM SALES INCREASE AMID RACIAL SLUR CONTROVERSY
“Our actions matter. Our words matter. And I want to encourage anyone that is watching to please learn from my mistake. There’s no reason to downplay what I did,” he said.
The musician said he was waiting until he could personally apologize to people he had hurt. He said that the video was taken after a three-day “bender,” but he has since gotten sober.
Morgan Wallen told his fans not to downplay the racist language he was caught saying on camera.
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Wallen said that he accepted invitations from Black organizations, executives, and leaders to have honest conversations.
“They offered me grace and they also paired that with an offer to learn and to grow,” he said.
Wallen also said he accepted any punishments that he faced. Wallen’s songs were removed from radio stations, streaming services took his music off their top playlists and his record label suspended him.
But many of his fans responded to the backlash by buying up more of his records and continued to stream him.
Morgan Wallen was dropped by his talent agency and suspended by his music label after his racial slur scandal.
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In response to the surging sales, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jason Isbell announced that he was going to donate money that he makes from Wallen’s cover of his song “Cover Me Up” to the NAACP.
MORGAN WALLEN DROPPED BY TALENT AGENCY AMID RACIAL SLUR DRAMA
Wallen included a cover of the song on “Dangerous.”
“I’ve decided to donate everything I’ve made so far from this album to the Nashville chapter of the @NAACP. Thanks for helping out a good cause, folks,” Isbell, a popular Americana artist and former member of the Drive-By Truckers, wrote on Twitter earlier Wednesday.
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Wallen had been performing a cover version of “Cover Me Up” for a while before he recorded his own version, which leapt to the Top 15 on the Hot Country Songs chart and earned platinum status by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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