An announcement in the label's most recent Instagram post denounced Wallen's actions and choice of words and notified the public Wallen has been dropped. Although there is room in their wording for him to rejoin at some point, Wallen is no longer listed on the label's website.
"In the wake of recent events, Big Loud Records has made the decision to suspend Morgan Wallen's recording contract indefinitely," the statement reads. "Republic Records fully supports Big Loud's decision and agrees such behavior will not be tolerated."
Big Loud's move to remove Wallen comes after his music was pulled by Cumulus and iHeartMedia and his content was removed from CMT. Many artists have started to denounce him and his comments publicly, with many also showing skepticism about the prospect of any real, long-lasting effects on his career.
Wallen's fame began to skyrocket in 2018 with No. 1 singles "Whiskey Glasses" and "Chasin' You" (2019). A cover of "Cover Me Up" further elevated his status as an artist to watch. However, in 2020 his reputation began to take a hit, as he was arrested in downtown Nashville after being thrown out of a bar, and caught on video partying maskless with college coeds during a pandemic. Looks like this move was the third strike and he's out.
The year finished with Wallen promising to change his ways, and as he released his second studio album, he was on the right path until this past weekend, when he was caught on video shouting a racist slur at a friend after a night out.
Aside from his initial apology to TMZ, Wallen has not commented on the incident or the industry's response.
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