Morgan Wallen spoke a racial insult that was heard in a video in February 2021, adding to his string of problems.
His record company decided to suspend him indefinitely as a result. His lucrative music career has increased his wealth, which is now thought to be $2.5 million.
However, because of the scandals and leaving his label, many social media users anticipate that the country music star’s riches would suffer in 2021. Given that the sales of his 2021 album are rising, it is impossible to say if they will continue to rise or fall.
The Voice Debut of Morgan Wallen
Tennessee welcomed Morgan Wallen into the world on May 13, 1993. He was a talented baseball player who also studied the piano and the violin as a youngster.
After an injury ended his chances of being an athlete, he concentrated on music. He first gained widespread attention during The Voice season 4 in 2014.
Initially a member of Usher’s crew, he later received coaching from Adam Levine. He advanced to the playoffs before being discarded.
Opportunities came Wallen’s way even if he didn’t win The Voice. He met producers at Panacea Records through the program, and they signed him in 2015.
Wallen met the players who would make up his band while working on the production of his first EP, Stand Alone. Wallen joined Big Loud Records in 2016 following the release of his first song, “Spin You Around.”
Sales of Morgan Wallen’s Albums
Under the Big Loud Records banner, Morgan Wallen put out successful albums, co-wrote songs for other musicians, went on tour with acts like Florida Georgia Line, and also did his own thing. In 2018, a song from his debut album, If I Know Me, also included Florida Georgia Line.
In May 2020, Wallen’s song “More Than My Hometown” was made available. The same month, he was detained for public intoxication and disorderly conduct outside Kid Rock’s Nashville bar. It didn’t appear to have an impact on his music because his song hit numerous charts.
“7 Summers,” his release from August, earned a record-breaking number of streams on Apple Music. But when his contempt for COVID-19 safety regulations drew criticism, his music was suddenly eclipsed.
Dangerous: The Double Album, Wallen’s second album, was released in January 2021. The album not only topped charts but also set records for sales and streaming.
On February 2, 2021, a video of Wallen making a racial slur while intoxicated quickly became popular online. After the event, Big Loud Records fired Wallen from the record company.
Despite Wallen’s apologies, radio stations stopped playing his music. His playlists were also taken from Apple Music and Spotify, CMT withdrew his appearances off all of its platforms, and the ACM Awards declared his album ineligible for consideration.
The lack of streams and promotions will impact the sales of his albums. However, Wallen’s most recent album and singles have seen growth in sales. Four of his songs are now in the top 10 on the American iTunes charts, with “Wasted on You” at number two as of this writing.
Marren Morris commented on Kelsea Ballerini’s claim that Wallen’s actions do not reflect country music. The iTunes rankings for Wallen appear to support Morris’ assertion.
The earnings from album sales and streaming as of 2021 are shown in the table below.
|Album||Year||Album-equivalent Unit Sales||Revenue (Approx.)|
|Morgan Wallen (EP)||2018||1300||$7,800|
|If I Know Me||2018||1.7 million||$10.2 million|
|Dangerous: The Double Album||2021||554000||$3.3 million|