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Morgan Wallen Discusses Fourth Album, Writing with Post Malone and More in New Billboard Interview

December 6, 2023 4:49 pm GMT

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During his new cover interview with Billboard, Morgan Wallen discussed his One Thing At A Time follow-up, his vocal injury, the experience of writing with Post Malone and more.

Fans will be glad to learn that the Sneedville chart-topper is already working on his fourth studio album, despite still having plans for a handful of singles from his 2023 opus, One Thing At A Time.

After the feature confirmed Morgan was already “writing and reviewing” songs for a new album, Joey Moi, Morgan's producer, shared, “I’m expecting to see more songs that can go No. 1 at pop radio because I think people have seen that a country singer with a very Southern voice by himself without a feature can still have a No. 1 Billboard hit”.

Interestingly, Morgan Wallen underlined that he'd sent a potential self-penned crossover collaboration to an unnamed artist outside of country music, in the hope that they'd appear on the upcoming album, “The answer was bittersweet. It was, ‘Holy shit, this sounds like a global No. 1 record, but I just can’t do it right now’”.

The ‘Everything I Love’ hitmaker spoke about his recent writing session with Post Malone, who is working on his debut country album, with Morgan joking, “[He] likes to write really, really late at night - and I can’t do that three nights in a row. I can do that one night. I can start about 5pm, but starting at 10pm - that’s rough”.

He also mentioned that he's keen to write with more women, as well as harbouring hopes of releasing a blockbuster duet down the road in the mould of HARDY and Lainey Wilson's ‘wait in the truck’, “I’ve reached out to a couple of people, and they’ve turned me down. I just really want certain people, and I haven’t gotten the chance to do it yet. I’m going to keep trying to write songs for it or write with them”.

Morgan also delved into his infamous 2021 racial slur incident, with the singer-songwriter stressing, “That person is definitely not the same person I am now. There’s no excuse. I’ve never made an excuse. I never will make an excuse. I’ve talked to a lot of people, heard stories [about] things that I would have never thought about because I wasn’t the one going through it. And I think, for me, in my heart I was never that guy that people were portraying me to be, so there was a little bit of like, ‘Damn, I’m kind of actually mad about this a little bit because I know I shouldn’t have said this, but I’m really not that guy.’ I put myself in just such a shit spot, you know? Like, ‘You really messed up here, guy.’ If I was that guy, then I wouldn’t have cared. I wouldn’t have apologized. I wouldn’t have done any of that if I really was that guy that people were saying about me”.

In addition, the CEO of Big Loud, Seth England, discussed Morgan's surprising snubs at the Grammys and CMAs, “Some people have no intention of forgiveness, but that’s also OK. Morgan realized that he has just got to control what he can control. He’s certainly not getting shut out in these awards because he’s a bad musician”.

Excitingly, Morgan Wallen implied to Billboard that he intends to launch a full-scale international tour in 2025. After an incredible debut UK performance at London's O2 Arena on Sunday (December 3rd), it's safe to say Morgan's fervent global fanbase would be overjoyed to see him playing more overseas shows in the near future.

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Written by Maxim Mower
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