Morgan Wallen Calls Out Walmart After Retail Giant Leaks His New Album
“I don’t shop at Walmart anyway,” Wallen quipped.
Morgan Wallen; Photo by Jamie Schramm/CMA
Walmart leaked Morgan Wallen’s new album several days before its release and the country superstar is not happy about it.
Wallen took to Instagram on Monday evening (Jan. 4) to express his concern over the leak after discovering that the retail giant already had his new album on shelves around the country.
“It’s been brought to my attention that some of my music, well my album, has leaked, at some Walmarts around the country,” Wallen said, adding, “Man, I’ve been working on this album for three years. I’ll be damned if I’mma let Walmart do the leaking like that.”
The incident prompted Wallen to take matters into his own hands.
“I’m gonna start doing the leaking of the songs myself,” he promised.
Moments later, the East Tennessee native began to share brand new songs on TikTok. Now, “Warning,” “Dangerous,” and “Rednecks, Red Letters, Red Dirt” are available on the social platform. The songs have already raked in hundreds of thousands of streams.
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“It’s kind of messed up, but I don’t shop at Walmart anyway,” the CMA New Artist of the Year continued in the video. “I also gave Target two extra songs. So if you’re going to buy my album physically, go to Target, baby.”
Dangerous: The Double Album is poised for a massive debut. The 30-track project is set to release on Friday, January 8. Among the album’s track list is the chart-topping single, “More Than My Hometown,” fan-favorite “7 Summers” and a duet with fellow country superstar, Chris Stapleton.
Wallen will celebrate the release of his sophomore album with a global live stream event with his headlining debut at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on January 12.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.