While you were sleeping, Morgan Wallen dropped new music, but it was actually a 10-year-old song.
Let us explain…
On Thursday (January 25), Wallen took to social media to condemn his former colleagues – his old record label and managers – who he signed with in 2014 without legal representation.
He released his first-ever EP, Stand Alone, with them, which had just five songs. In the post, Wallen explained they created 13 total songs together. “Some were ok, most were terrible,” he wrote, before adding that most didn’t meet his standards, even back in 2014.
Several months ago, Wallen found out his former colleagues were planning to release a deluxe edition of this EP in honor of its 10th anniversary.
He and his legal team tried tirelessly to block this unreleased music from being dropped, but to no avail.
Unfortunately, the old label owned the rights to this music and could release it as they saw fit, and a 10th anniversary Deluxe Edition was what they decided on. You can see it on all your streaming services as a new Morgan Wallen release, so we hope fans will not stream it! Here’s a photo of what it looks like to try to avoid it.
Wallen was speaking out so his fans all knew that this music was being released without his consent.
“It’s gross, greedy & an example of how the dark side of the music business can suck the soul out of artists,” he wrote. “I want you to know this is NOT my new music & I don’t want to see this happen to anyone else. I cringe when I listen to these songs & I’m concerned my fans may mistakenly believe this is a new release by me.”
The only thing he could do was just warn his fans about the release so they wouldn’t stream it.
In response, Wallen pulled a Taylor Swift and re-recorded the hit song that came from this EP.
He told fans, “I re-recorded ‘Spin You Around (1/24)’ this week in Nashville & it comes out TONIGHT. Thank you Joey Moi & Bryan Sutton. I did the artwork myself while in the woods duck hunting. Hope you like it, lol.”
Taylor Swift is now famous for re-recording her music after the rights to her music were sold from her longtime record label Big Machine Records to Ithaca Holdings, owned by music manager Scooter Braun, in 2019. The idea was actually brought to life by kelly Clarkson, and now every time Swift re-releases an album, Clarkson receives flowers from the super star.
All of her new re-recordings are stylized with “(Taylor’s Versions)” at the end of each song and album title. Wallen’s re-record is stylized with the date at the end of the title, “Spin You Around (1/24).”
Listen to “Spin You Around (1/24)” below.