Country music star Morgan Wallen HITS BACK at ex colleagues by following lead of Taylor Swift and re-recording old song
Morgan Wallen is taking a cue from pop superstar Taylor Swift by re-recording a song from his back catalog as a form of protest to thwart the plans of some former colleagues.
The country music star took to his Instagram page on Thursday to give his side of the story as to why he decided to pause a hunt to re-record Spin You Around, what with his debut Extended Play (EP) Stand Alone (2015).
Before hitting the big time in the music business, Wallen signed a music deal without legal representation, something he later regrets, which resulted in 13 new songs, five of which made it onto the debut EP.
Now, after almost 10 years since he parted ways with his original team, some of his former colleagues are releasing a 10th anniversary edition of Stand Alone, against his wishes.
Realizing that his old collaborators were going to abandon that special edition, Wallen and his current team decided to fight back by hastily arranging a recording session in Nashville so that the new version of Spin You Around 1/24 on can be released at the same time on Friday. night.
Morgan Wallen, 30, decided to re-record his song Spin You Around after learning that his old team were releasing a 10th anniversary edition of his debut EP Stand Alone without his permission
The Sneedville, Tennessee native has made it known that he has nothing to do with the reissue of Stand Alone, which basically amounts to the unveiling of eight previously unreleased songs.
The problem is Wallen didn’t feel those eight songs were good enough to make it onto the original record, and that nothing has changed in the decade since last.
‘We made 13 songs. Some were ok, most were terrible because I was just learning how to write in general and figuring it all out,’ he explained in the caption of his Instagram post.
‘I wasn’t the only collaborator, so a lot of these songs weren’t my idea or up to my standards. We deemed 5 worthy enough to make the Stand Alone EP which includes a fan favorite, Spin You Around.’
The country music star singled out how his former managers are assisting in this project that goes against his wishes.
“For months I’ve been exploring every possible way to acquire the rights to this old music and keep the quality of my catalog consistent with songs I choose to release and believe in,” he continued. ‘It’s gross, greedy and an example of how the dark side of the music business can suck the soul out of artists.’
Clearly, he and his current collaborators have watched Taylor Swift face a similar situation.
Swift decided to re-record her first six albums after finding out Scooter Braun had bought her former label Big Machine Records and then sold it and its original Swift masters to the Disney family’s Shamrock Holdings for $405 million under the condition that he continues to profit from the masters.
Furious that she allegedly never got the chance to make a bid to buy back her masters, Swift has since re-recorded four of those records: Fearless (Taylor’s version), Red (Taylor’s version), Speak Now (Taylor’s version) and 1989 (Taylor’s version).
Swift now has only two of those old albums left to re-record: her debut self-titled album and Reputation, before completely owning all of her music again.
Wanting the new version of Spin You Around to coincide with the release of the 10th Anniversary edition of Stand Alone, Waller even went so far as to create the cover art for the single himself while duck hunting in the woods .
The country crooner went on to call his business situation with his old team an example of ‘how the dark side of the music business can suck the soul out of artists’.
Wallen admitted that he signed a music deal without legal representation, which resulted in him not owning 13 songs alone; five songs made it to Stand Alone (2015), while the other eight remain unreleased until now
The Last Night star renamed his first hit single for this protest release, now calling it Spin You Around 1/24, as a way to avoid any legal action
Wallen maintains eight of the original 13 songs did not meet his standards, which was part of his motivation for trying to fight their release
Swift’s plan to own all of her own music involves re-recording her first six albums, in order to give fans an option to own the record and not buy the originals that were dropped by her boyfriend a few years ago. label is not sold out; she has finished four of those albums so far
In support of his complaints, Waller is also pledging $100,000 from his foundation to the Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts (VLPA) program, in an effort to see that this kind of thing doesn’t keep happening to other young artists.
Part of his motivation for taking on his old colleagues was to let fans know that he’s not interested in releasing those old songs and that he’s more focused on bringing new music to his fans.
‘I want you to know this is NOT my new music and I don’t want to see this happen to anyone else,’ he explained, adding: ‘I cringe when I listen to these songs and I worry that my fans may mistakenly believe this is a new release by me.’
Waller goes on to reveal that he will start recording new music for his next project at the end of February, and that he feels “creatively inspired and super excited to make more music that I’m proud of.”
“I hope young aspiring musicians read this story and know that they never have to give up their creative freedoms for an opportunity in this business,” the More Than My Hometown star said.