Isbell says he will donate proceeds from Wallen album to NAACP

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Tim Balk, New York Daily News
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Jason Isbell said Wednesday that he planned to donate his proceeds from Morgan Wallen’s latest album to the NAACP’s Nashville chapter after sales surged following Wallen’s caught-on-video use of the N-word.

Isbell, a deft songwriter known for his introspective lyrics, said he earns money from Wallen’s record “Dangerous: The Double Album,” because it features a cover of his song “Cover Me Up.”

“Thanks for helping out a good cause, folks,” Isbell, 42, tweeted.

Wallen, 27, was promptly rebuked by radio networks and streaming services last week after TMZ published video of him using the racist slur. His record label suspended him indefinitely, and his songs were dumped by some stations.

According to TMZ, Wallen said: “I’m embarrassed and sorry. 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.”

But sales of Wallen’s sophomore album skyrocketed.

A week ago, Isbell said in a tweet that Wallen’s behavior was “disgusting and horrifying.”

“I think this is an opportunity for the country music industry to give that spot to somebody who deserves it,” Isebell wrote, adding that plenty of talented Black artists who could fill the slot.