The follow-up to the most lauded or infamous, depending on your point of view, album release cycle in a generation, “One Thing At A Time,” by country music artist Morgan Wallen, will be released on March 3.
If you’re wondering how Wallen intends to top the country genre’s and the music industry’s impressive success (104 weeks and counting in total spent in Billboard’s Top 10) of his quadruple-platinum equivalent-selling “Dangerous: The Double Album,” which will be released in 2021, first take into account the fact that it has two more songs than Zach Bryan’s breakout hit “American Heartbreak” from the year 2022.
According to a press release from Wallen, “This record captures the highs and lows of the previous several years of my life. “It also combines the hip-hop, alternative, and country music that have influenced me as an artist. This album contains 36 tracks because we simply continued experimenting with new lyrics, music, and production concepts. These are the songs that, in my opinion, felt appropriate. I was thrilled to be back in the studio to lay this out for my fans since it was a delight to make.
When a video of Wallen uttering a racist epithet surfaced in February 2021, he received criticism. Wallen promised to do better and offered an apology, calling it “unacceptable and inappropriate.” The Academy of Country Music stopped the country artist’s “involvement and eligibility” at that year’s ACM awards, and the celebrity was fired by his agency.
Wallen has continued to be successful despite the controversy, as seen by the rise in his streams and album sales. He was nominated for album of the year at the 2022 ACM Awards and won that year.
Wallen also intends to go on tour in 2023. During his 63-date/30 stadium performance “One Night At A Time” global tour, which launches overseas March 15-24 in New Zealand and Australia with HARDY as an opener, Wallen is set to perform many of the 36 songs on his new album in front of almost three million spectators. Then, after making his return to the United States on April 15 at Milwaukee’s American Family Field, he will embark on a six-month tour with HARDY, along with the supporting bands ERNEST, Parker McCollum, and Bailey Zimmerman.
Wallen returns to his childhood roots to collaborate with his sister, Ashlyne Wallen, on “Outlook,” in addition to featuring his regular group of songwriters, including the aforementioned ERNEST and 2022 BMI Country Songwriter of the Year HARDY (as well as names like Nicolle Galyon and Miranda Lambert, who co-wrote May 2022 No. 1 single “Thought You Should Know,” which is included on the record).
With my two sisters, I grew up singing three-part harmonies at church. This was a full-circle experience for Ashlyne and me because that’s how I first started to sing, he continues in the news release. The album’s cover image continues such familial links. Wallen declares, “My Mamaw Boots helped raise me,” in a photograph taken at the house of his dead grandmother. I decided to pay tribute to her with this new record since we had such a wonderful relationship.
Due to the artist’s love of hip-hop, the album also includes a cover of The Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider” on the track “Everything I Love” and a sample of Young Thug’s “Lifestyle” on the track “180 (Lifestyle).” Collaborations with Eric Church on “Man Made A Bar,” HARDY on “In The Bible,” and ERNEST on “Cowgirls” are also included for lovers of more conventional country music.
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