Yet Wallen’s just-released album Dangerous spiked in sales, topping the Billboard 200 for seven more weeks after the video and becoming the best-selling album of the year so far. I don’t know if that sounds ignorant, but that’s really where it came from, and it’s wrong.”

.@ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: “In our minds it’s playful. The November awards will be the first major country ceremony where Dangerous is eligible, and a test of whether the industry is willing or ready to welcome him back. Wallen further said he met with representatives from that group and others in the Black community, such as record executives Kevin Liles and Eric Hutcherson and gospel singer BeBe Winans, after previously promising to do so in an apology following the video. “In our minds it’s playful, you know. During the GMA interview, Wallen claimed he and his team calculated the amount of money the album made after the video — “a number somewhere around $500,000” — and donated that to groups supporting Black people and Black musicians, like the Black Music Action Coalition. .@ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: @MorganWallen reveals to @michaelstrahan he spent 30 days in rehab following the incident and he says he donated the money from his spike in album sales to Black organizations. “You know, I haven’t really sat and thought about that.”

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Tags: That sounds ignorant — but that’s really where it came from and it’s wrong.” @MorganWallen speaks with @michaelstrahan about being caught on video using a racial slur. Strahan concluded the interview by asking Wallen if he believes “there is a race problem in country music, overall,” given some responses that his use of the slur is evocative of rampant racism in country. Do I have an alcohol problem, do I have a bigger issue?” He’d previously blamed his use of the slur on being drunk, but also told Strahan it had to do with the friends he was with. Speaking to Michael Strahan during July 23’s broadcast, Wallen said he “was just ignorant about” his use of the word, which he claimed came after days of hard partying with friends. Photo: Good Morning America/Twitter

Just less than six months after a video emerged of Morgan Wallen saying the N-word, the country star returned to the national spotlight with his first interview, on Good Morning America. “I mean, it would seem that way, yeah,” Wallen said. https://t.co/PXMd3zA5En pic.twitter.com/FuJgcfl7vi— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 23, 2021

Curiously, Wallen’s GMA interview comes between first- and second-round voting for the Country Music Association Awards, where he is ineligible in individual categories of Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year, but eligible for Dangerous and its songs in categories like Album, Song, and Single of the Year. After the video of him using the racial slur came out, Wallen was “suspended” by his label, his music was pulled from major radio stations, and he was deemed ineligible at the Academy of Country Music Awards. https://t.co/PXMd3zA5En pic.twitter.com/BAZI4uFXXf— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 23, 2021

Further, Wallen said he spent 30 days at a rehab facility in San Diego, “just trying to figure it out: Why am I acting this way?