Jason Isbell donating his Morgan Wallen songwriting royalties to NAACP

March 3, 2021
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Even after radio stations deleted his music off airwaves, controversial country singer Morgan Wallen’s sales continue to soar.

Wallen’s latest release “Dangerous: The Double Album” has been the number one album in the U.S. for four weeks straight so far.

The last week of that run comes after a video of Wallen was released of Wallen saying a racial slur among friends, after a night out in Nashville.

One of the tracks on “Dangerous” is a cover of Grammy winning folk/rock musician Jason Isbell’s 2013 song “Cover Me Up,” which Wallen turned into a platinum-selling country single.

In addition to his well-crafted songs, Isbell, a Green Hill native and former Shoals resident now based in Nashville, is known for his progressive political views.

Today, a day after news broke Wallen’s album was still number one, Isbell took to Twitter to announce, “”I’ve decided to donate everything I’ve made so far from this album to the Nashville chapter of the @NAACP.” He concluded his tweet with a wry, winking, “Thanks for helping out a good cause, folks”.

According to Billboard, “Dangerous” earned 149,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 4. That’s up 14 percent from the previous week. The albums songs were streamed around 160 million times that week. The last country album to reign atop the Billboard 200 albums chart consecutively it’s first four weeks after release was Shania Twain’s “Up!” which did so for five weeks in late 2002/early 2003.

TMZ released the video of Wallen’s racial slur on Feb. 2. Fallout included radio stations wiping Wallen’s songs from their playlists and his record label suspending his recording contract. The Academy of Country Music struck Wallen from consideration for the upcoming ACM Awards cycle.

Other country stars, like Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini, weighed in on social media, condemning Wallen’s actions.

Isbell, whose music draws from classic country influences, also chimed in, posting on Twitter: “Wallen’s behavior is disgusting and horrifying. I think this is an opportunity for the country music industry to give that spot to somebody who deserves it, and there are lots of black artists who deserve it.”

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