NASHVILLE, TENN. (September 23, 2020) — Big Loud Records/Republic Records’ Morgan Wallen “is pulling country music into the 21st century” (Los Angeles Times), skyrocketing to cross-genre acclaim and adding record-breaking numbers to his 3.4 BILLION+ global streams with latest release “7 Summers,” further solidifying himself as a “certified new country sensation” (Forbes) with every twist and turn.
On the cover of HITS’ September 14 print issue, the iHeartRadio Music Award winner for Best New Country Artist was highlighted for viral hit “7 Summers” – in their words a “supernova” of a single – that’s “perched somewhere in the zone between yacht rock and Restless Heart…draped over a descending hook that is both yearning and inviting.” Read the full feature here.
Piling on the exciting news, Wallen was just nominated for two Billboard Music Awards – Top Country Album (IF I KNOW ME) and Top Country Song (“Whiskey Glasses”) – and his performance at the 55th ACM Awards was named by The Washington Post as one of the best moments of the night, reminding fans nationwide that “even two years after its release, Morgan Wallen’s smash ‘Whiskey Glasses’ is still undeniably catchy.”
Showcasing the burgeoning superstar’s talent and “authenticity that fans can feel” (PEOPLE), Wallen joined Dierks Bentley and rapper Bun B earlier this month for Tito’s’ Made To Order series, performing a seven-song acoustic set from a dock in Tennessee as part of the brand’s virtual celebration of music, food and culture across America. Watch Wallen’s acoustic performance of “7 Summers,” alongside debut album deep cut “Talkin’ Tennessee” and acclaimed Jason Isbell cover “Cover Me Up,” here.
IF I KNOW ME made history last month after a 114-week rise to the summit of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and a multi-week claim to #1 after its release nearly two and a half years ago. Now, the “album full of singles” (CMT) is officially certified PLATINUM by the RIAA, alongside four PLATINUM and multi-PLATINUM singles from the collection.
Reimagining a fan favorite from his catalog, Wallen released red-hot Diplo collaboration “Heartless” with a twist, calling it “Heartless (Wallen Album Mix)” and further countrifying the already 2X PLATINUM crossover smash. Listen to the re-vamp here.
Recently, Wallen left fans on a cliff-hanger teasing a double album for his hotly anticipated sophomore effort. Previewed by New Year’s surprise “This Bar,” current Top 15-and-climbing single “More Than My Hometown,” and Top 30 record-breaker “7 Summers,” Billboard anticipates – “if Wallen’s sophomore LP sounds like ‘More Than My Hometown,’ country music is likely going to have a new superstar.”
On October 9, the CMA New Artist of the Year nominee will return to the stage for Georgia’s Rome River Jam alongside Riley Green, labelmate HARDY and Jon Langston for an innovative, outdoor live show implementing all-new COVID-19 safety measures. For event health and safety information and tickets, visit here.