morgan wallen Is speaking. The country star took some time off to tell fans about an alleged new music drop that should never have happened.
“I’m writing to you all about a duck hunting trip because I wanted to tell you about something happening tonight,” Wallen, 30, wrote via Instagram on Thursday, January 25. “In 2014, I went to Florida to try.” For the first time, I dabbled in original music and songwriting. This resulted in a recording deal with a local investor and an artist management deal that I deeply regret. Unfortunately, I signed both deals without any legal representation.
Wallen claimed that he did not have full creative control over the 13 songs created during that time, saying, “Some were OK, most were terrible.” He said that only five of those tracks made it onto his debut EP, stand aloneIncluding the fan-favorite “Spin You Around”.
The “Last Night” singer alleged that those associates planned to release music without his permission.
“Tonight, the colleagues I broke up with almost 10 years ago are planning to release a ’10th Anniversary’ edition of stand alone Against my wishes and containing eight unreleased songs, they have been distributed with the assistance of my former managers,” he continued. “For months I have been exploring every possible avenue to acquire the rights to this old music and keep the quality of my catalog consistent with the songs I want to release and believe in.”
In response to the release, Wallen is releasing new music of his own. The “Seven Summers” singer will release “Spin You Around (1/24)” at midnight on Friday, January 26. This decline appears to be a last-minute reaction, as Wallen admits, “I created the artwork myself for Woods Duck Hunting.”
Wallen is also putting his money where his mouth is. He has pledged to donate $100,000 from the Morgan Wallen Foundation to the Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts (VLPA) program in an effort to prevent this from happening to other new artists.
He said, “I hope that young aspiring musicians will read this story and know that they should never give up their creative freedom for an opportunity in this business.”
Wallen, who calls the alleged episode “disgusting, greedy and an example of how the dark side of the music business can suck the soul out of artists,” wants his fans to know that this music is not part of his next era. He said, “Trust me, when the new music is ready, you’ll hear it straight from me.”
New music isn’t the only breaking news coming from the Wallen camp today. Earlier this morning, it was announced that Wallen and fellow country star Eric Church had achieved fields and streams magazine and a live concert, as well as plans to relaunch the beloved Outdoorsman’s brand as a print magazine, website and apparel company.
It’s a fitting new gig for the man who just released a statement about leaked music from a duck hunting expedition.