Matthew Leimkuehler, Nashville Tennessean
Printed 4: 09 p.m. ET Feb. 10, 2021
Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell says he is donating royalties from a Morgan Wallen conceal of his loved track “Conceal Me Up” to Nashville’s NAACP chapter.
Wallen — who faced swift action from the track trade last week after a video surfaced of him shouting a racial slur in Nashville — regularly coated Isbell’s intimate ballad all via performances before chopping the track for studio release in 2019.
The track appears on Wallen’s 2021 file “Dangerous: The Double Album,” which surged on sales charts after the singer’s label suspended him and radio began pulling his track from rotation.
Quoting an Associated Press article about Wallen’s persevered chart success regardless of his ousting from the trade, Isbell said via Twitter: “A portion of this money goes to me, since I wrote ‘Conceal Me Up.’ I’ve determined to donate the entire lot I’ve made so far from this album to the Nashville chapter of the NAACP.”
He added, “Thanks for helping out a good cause, other folks.”
So… A portion of this money goes to me, since I wrote ‘Conceal Me Up.’ I’ve determined to donate the entire lot I’ve made so far from this album to the Nashville chapter of the @NAACP. Thanks for helping out a good cause, other folks. https://t.co/Ch3FlDBmJf
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) February 10, 2021
Despite sweeping removal from award reveals, verified streaming playlists and his talent agency, Wallen remained at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart for a fourth consecutive week.
Billboard reported that his latest album provided 25,000 copies all via the week ending Feb. 4, an increase of 102%, according to MRC Data. Billboard reported that that the album’s streaming numbers somewhat increased by 3%, representing roughly 160 million on-demand streams. Tune downloads from the album also grew 67%.
Last week, whereas some leading artists in Nashville remained silent, Isbell and others called for systemic racial overhaul in country track.
“Wallen’s behavior is disgusting and horrifying,” Isbell said last week on social media. “I absorb here is an alternative for the country track trade to give that area to anyone who deserves it, and there are a number of [B]lack artists who deserve it.
Contributing: The Associated Press.
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