Morgan Wallen Dropped By Booking Agent WME Just As They Were Planning His First Arena Tour

Morgan Wallen has been dropped by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME), Music Row confirms.  WME was Wallen’s talent agency, responsible…

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Lauren Jo Black

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February 4, 2021

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Morgan Wallen; Photo by John Russell/CMA

Morgan Wallen has been dropped by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME), Music Row confirms. 

WME was Wallen’s talent agency, responsible for his public appearances, tours and contract negotiations. 

According to Billboard, Wallen and his team were planning a massive headlining arena tour for late 2021-2022 as well as his first European tour. WME has yet to release an official statement, however, it’s likely that WME’s separation from Wallen will impact those touring plans. 

WME is the latest entity to cut ties with Wallen in the wake of his use of the N-word. On Wednesday (Feb. 3), his label, Big Loud, revealed that his recording contact has been suspended indefinitely. Additionally, his music was pulled from hundreds of radio stations across the country and removed from major playlists across various DSPs. The Academy of Country Music revealed that he is ineligible for the upcoming ACM Awards and will not be invited to participate in the show. His content and appearances were also removed from CMT and the Country Music Association. 

This all came after Wallen was seen on video shouting profanities and using a racial slur outside of his Nashville-area home. 

“I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back,” Wallen shared in a statement to TMZ. “There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better.”

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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.