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Music station lifts ban on country singer Wallen after slur issue, following major fan support

Over 90% of listeners wanted him back on the air.

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Morgan Wallen, Jan. 2021
Morgan Wallen, Jan. 2021
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Updated: February 27, 2021 - 7:18pm

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Following major fan support, a Tennessee country music station has reportedly become the first in the country to begin playing country star Morgan Wallen’s music again – after several weeks of essentially a nationwide ban on his catalogue following a racial slur incident. 

Wallen' career earlier this month came to a virtual standstill after video surfaced of him saying a racial slur in an apparently drunken exchange with a friend.

His music was banned from essentially every radio station in the country and stripped from digital playlists. He also was shut out of awards ceremonies, his record labels suspended him, and several major country music brands severed their relationships with him. 

Yet one Knoxville-area radio station signaled this week what could be an end to that industry-wide ban. Station 96.7 Merle announced in a tweet that, out of a listener poll of 35,000 individuals, "92% said PLAY MORGAN WALLEN." 

"We're doing just that!" the station also said.

In addition to the Knoxville station’s decision, Spotify has also reportedly lifted its ban on Wallen’s music, allowing his songs to re-appear on at least one country playlist starting this week. 

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