By Maxim Mower
Morgan Wallen has spoken out against his “gross, greedy” old label and management team for releasing Stand Alone (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) against his will.
The unsanctioned project adds eight new songs to Morgan's 2015 Stand Alone EP, with the ‘Thinkin’ Bout Me’ hitmaker explained on socials that he has not approved this project, and that he's been doing everything in his power to prevent the release.
In response, Morgan Wallen has shared a stellar revamped version of ’Spin You Around (1/24)’, which originally appeared on Stand Alone, as well as donating $100,000 from his Morgan Wallen Foundation to Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals For The Arts (VLPA).
In a heartfelt post, Morgan revealed how this Stand Alone remake has been put out without his consent, “I'm writing y'all from a duck hunting trip because I want to fill you in on something happening tonight. Back in 2014, I went to Florida to try my hand at making original music & songwriting for the first time. This led to a recording deal with a local investor & an artist management deal that I deeply regret. Unfortunately, I signed both deals without any legal representation”.
Morgan went on to share how the ‘new’ tracks were all recorded in 2014, “We made 13 songs. Some were ok, most were terrible as I was just learning how to write in general & figuring it all out. I was not the only collaborator, so many of these songs were not my idea nor to my standards. We deemed 5 worthy-enough to make the Stand Alone EP which includes a fan-favorite, ‘Spin You Around’.
He condemned this avaricious behaviour and expressed his frustrations that this is still allowed to happen to young artists, “Tonight, those colleagues I parted ways with almost 10 years ago plan to release a ‘10th Anniversary’ edition of Stand Alone against my wishes & include 8 unreleased songs, distributing it with the assistance of my former managers. For months I've been exploring every avenue possible to acquire the rights to this old music & keep the quality of my catalog consistent with songs I choose to release & believe in. It's gross, greedy & an example of how the dark side of the music business can suck the soul out of artists. 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”.
Although they may be tempted to listen to these early demos on Stand Alone (10th Anniversary Edition), fans are being encouraged by Morgan and his team to instead stream his re-recording of ‘Spin You Around (1/24)’, which is out today (Friday, January 26th).
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