With Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album spending its fourth week atop the Billboard 200 following his usage of a racial slur, Jason Isbell found a way to make sure the album’s continued success was “helping out a good cause.”
Isbell, who wrote “Cover Me Up” on the album, announced via Twitter on Wednesday (Feb. 10) that he will donate every cent he made from the song to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
“So… A portion of this money goes to me, since I wrote ‘Cover Me Up.’ I’ve decided to donate everything I’ve made so far from this album to the Nashville chapter of the @NAACP,” Isbell wrote. “Thanks for helping out a good cause, folks.”
Wallen was caught on video earlier this month yelling expletives, including the N-word. The incident caused Big Loud Records to suspend his recording contract “indefinitely,” major radio stations to pull his music, streaming services to remove his music from curated playlists, the Academy of Country Music to bar him from involvement and eligibility at this year’s awards show, his booking agent WME to drop him, and his peers in the music industry to speak out.
“I’m embarrassed and sorry,” Wallen told TMZ. “I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. 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.”
While Wallen’s male country peers have been mostly silent on the issue, Isbell is one of the few who has spoken up. The four-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter responded to a fan on Twitter who wanted his take, writing on Twitter, “Wallen’s behavior is disgusting and horrifying. I think this is an opportunity for the country music industry to give that spot to somebody who deserves it, and there are lots of black artists who deserve it.”
Dangerous maintains its monthlong stay atop the Billboard 200 this week (dated Feb. 13). The set earned 149,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Feb. 4 (up 14%), according to MRC Data. The album arrived atop the list three weeks ago, on the chart dated Jan. 23. The album’s across-the-board gains came during the same tracking week in which TMZ published the video showing Wallen using the racial slur.