The saga of Morgan Wallen has been filled with a lot of drama, and it’s a little hard to follow if you’re not plugged into the pop country music scene. But it involves Wallen, the industry’s fastest rising young, and the many public apologies he’s had to issue in his relatively brief time in the spotlight. Most recently, video surfaced of Wallen using a racial slur, prompting an enormous amount of backlash, including a radio blackout on his music and a label suspension. Nevertheless, streams of Wallen’s music surged on sites like Spotify, sending Wallen’s album Dangerous to the top of the Billboard 200 chart for the fourth week in a row. Now, a new wrinkle comes from Wallen’s fellow country artist, Jason Isbell.
One of Wallen’s most popular songs is “Cover Me Up,” which is a cover of Isbell’s own song from his 2013 album Southeastern. That means Isbell gets a cut of whatever money Wallen makes off the album and on Wednesday, Isbell announced that he’d be donating all that money to the Nashville chapter of the NAACP.