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They’re “Chasin’ Him.”
Two months after promising $500,000 worth of donations to black-led groups in the wake of his racial-slur scandal, Morgan Wallen has yet to pony up most of the cash, according to a new report.
Of 57 state, regional and national black-led or black-founded charities, only the Black Music Action Coalition told Rolling Stone it had received any mea culpa funds from Wallen — $165,000 in April — and confirmed it met with both Wallen solo and his management without him multiple times in February and March.
None of the other groups that the mag contacted said they’d even heard from the “7 Summers” singer.
At least they’re not alone: Wallen blew off a meeting with the NAACP that he had agreed to in the immediate wake of the scandal and still hadn’t sat down with the org as of July.
“Me and my team noticed that whenever this whole incident happened, that there was a spike in my sales,” Wallen told Michael Strahan on “Good Morning America” in July, five months after a video of him using the N-word surfaced. “So we tried to calculate … how much it had spiked from this incident. We got to a number somewhere around $500,000, and we decided to donate that money to some organizations, BMAC [the Black Music Action Coalition] being the first one.”
Other sources suggest Wallen is underestimating that figure. His album sales jumped 1,220 percent following the video’s leak, while his song sales climbed 327 percent, according to Alpha Data, the data analytics provider behind the mag’s charts. Billboard estimated that in the nine days following the video surfacing in February, Wallen generated more than $2 million in revenue.
Rolling Stone also noted that Wallen has been plenty busy with other charity initiatives: He performed in Georgia for the Brett Boyer Foundation in June and launched the More Than My Hometown Foundation in July to “help children, adolescents, and teenagers find families that can provide warm, loving homes.” Then, in September, he took part in a benefit concert with other country stars like Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and Breland that raised $725,000 for victims of the Humphreys County flood in Tennessee.
The mag said Wallen’s management didn’t make him available for comment. Page Six has also reached out to his team.
TMZ published a video in February of Wallen drunkenly telling a friend to “take care of this p–y-ass n—a” after a night out in Nashville. He later told Strahan, 49, the video was taken on “hour 72 of a 72-hour bender.”
Wallen was dropped from WME in the wake of the scandal. CMT removed his videos, and both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association disqualified him from their annual awards shows. But while his label, Big Loud Records, “suspended” his contract in February, it lifted the ban in May.
It wasn’t even the first time Wallen’s partying got him in trouble: He was yanked from performing on “Saturday Night Live” in October after a video of him at a bar without a mask surfaced amid the coronavirus pandemic.