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Country singer Morgan Wallen apologizes after racial slur caught on video

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The statement also notes plans to "expedite the offering of long-planned diversity training resources", the product of the ACM's Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, which was established in 2018.

The damning video, captured by a neighbor, shows Wallen arriving home after a night out and using the N-word as he says goodbye to a friend.

"In the wake of recent events, Big Loud Records has made the decision to suspend Morgan Wallen's recording contract indefinitely", the company tweeted.

Republic Records, the Universal Music-owned label that distributes his recordings, "fully supports Big Loud's decision and agrees such behaviour will not be tolerated". CMT and the Country Music Association have also taken Wallen-related content off their platforms.

Wallen, whose new Dangerous: The Double Album release is about to have a fourth week at the top of the charts, saw his music yanked from major radio networks and streaming service playlists within hours of the video being published on TMZ on Tuesday night. "I promise to do better", he added.

Wallen shared an apology with the outlet saying that he is "embarrassed and sorry" for using the completely unacceptable racial slur. 'There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever.

TMZ's exposure of his use of the "N" word in what appears to be light banter with friends returning home from partying Sunday evening appears to be enough to cancel the budding country star.

Variety reported, "Besides having far and away the biggest selling and streaming album in any genre since "Dangerous: The Double Album" made its blockbuster debut three weeks ago, Wallen now also has five out of the top 20 tracks on the Rolling Stone songs chart". Its second single, "7 Summers", went to No. 1 on the U.S. County charts again, and placed No. 6 on the overall pop charts, the highest in Wallen's career.

However, as his profile has risen, so have controversies surrounding his behavior. In May, the former contestant on "The Voice" was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct after an incident of what he called "horseplay" at a honky-tonk in downtown Nashville.

He was rescheduled as the musical guest for a December episode, in which he joined a skit poking fun at his behavior.

Wallen is - or was - the fastest rising star in country music but has also made headlines for the wrong reasons.

While Wallen's comments were condemned by a number of country music artists, Black country singer Mickey Guyton dismissed those who claimed they were not representative of country music culture. "We keep them rich and protected at all costs with no recourse", she wrote. If you do not know, the 27-year-old entertainer was caught on video using a racial slur.

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