Wednesday, February 3, 2021
– Major country radio companies pulled Morgan Wallen's songs today in the wake of a video showing him using the N word on Sunday night.
iHeartRadio, Entercom and Beasley Media all banned Wallen's songs, following the previous decision by Cumulus.
Country Aircheck Today reported a huge drop in spins for Wallen. He totaled 2,060 spins yesterday throughout the 159-station Mediabase panel. Today, Wallen has a total of 410 spins through 4 p.m. eastern, an 80 percent decrease in total airplay.
His current single, "7 Summers," dropped from 701 spins yesterday to 168 today, down 76 percent with the decrease in spins increasing as the day progressed. Between midnight and 6 a.m., Wallen had 311 total spins; from 6-10 a.m., he had 67; and since 10 a.m. – the approximate time when radio groups banned playing his music – Wallen has only had 32 spins across 24 stations. Of the 32 spins, only 10 spins on eight stations were for "7 Summers." The single rose to 15 on last week's Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart. The current total would have been enough for "7 Summers" to chart at 27 last week.
iHeartRadio said, "In light of Morgan Wallen's recent actions involving the use of a racial slur, we have made the decision to remove his music and content from our stations effective immediately."
Entercom said, "In light of Morgan Wallen's recent use of a racial slur, we've discussed the incident with our Country brand leadership team and together have made the decision to remove Morgan's music from Entercom's playlists.
Beasley Media's statement said, "We were deeply saddened and disappointed to hear of the recent comment made by Morgan Wallen. Beasley is a company that celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion. We have pulled his music from our seven country stations' playlists."
Wallen remained on Spotify as of about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday.