Jason Isbell is using his money for a good cause. The country singer’s 2013 song “Cover Me Up” is covered by Morgan Wallen on his latest album, Dangerous: the double album. Amid Wallen’s racial slurs controversy, the LP has topped the Billboard 200 charts for four weeks in a row. Isbell announced on Twitter this week that he will donate his portion of the song to the NAACP.
“So … A portion of this money goes to me as I wrote ‘Cover Me Up’. I decided to donate everything I’ve made so far from this album to @NAACP’s Nashville chapter,” he tweeted Wednesday. “Thanks for helping a good cause, friends.”
Additionally, Diplo, who received backlash for playing Wallen’s song, “Heartless,” during his DJ session at a Super Bowl after party, retweeted Isbell’s post, adding that he would also donate the proceeds from his song with Wallen to the NAACP. .
“‘Heartless’ is an old song of mine that has been on my live set for years. Sorry, I didn’t mean to upset or offend anyone by playing a song with Morgan,” Diplo tweeted. “It was by no means a political statement or a message. Jason is doing the right thing, I am also donating my proceeds to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.”
Wallen was caught on video using the N word and other inappropriate language as he came home from a night out with his friends earlier this month. At the time, he issued a written statement saying he was “ashamed and sorry.”
Since then, Wallen has faced criticism from people, fans and artists across the country. He was also indefinitely suspended from his label, Big Loud Records, and WME and countless radio stations dropped him.
On Wednesday night, the 27-year-old singer broke his silence in an Instagram video, once again apologizing for using the inappropriate word and acknowledging that what he said was wrong.
“The video they saw of me was me at hour 72 of 72 of a dubbing and that’s not something I’m proud of either,” he said. “I disappointed so many people … I disagree with that … I also accepted some invitations from some amazing black organizations, executives and leaders to have real and honest conversations.”
He admitted that he was “quite nervous” about accepting the invitations, and explained that the people he hurt “had every right to step on my neck while I was down, not to show me any grace, but they did the exact opposite.”
Wallen added that her kindness inspired him to dig deeper and that he learned that “words matter.” “My words matter and those words can really hurt a person,” he said. “And at my core, that’s not what I’m okay with.”
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