Country music star Morgan Wallen made a surprising announcement on social media this week. While on a duck-hunting trip, Wallen revealed that he would be releasing a new version of one of his early songs titled "Spin You Around (1/24)". This came as a surprise to fans, as there were rumors circulating about a planned 10th-anniversary celebration of a 2014 album that Wallen had never wanted to release.
In his social media post, Wallen explained that back in 2014, he had traveled to Florida to explore his talent in making original music and songwriting. This led to him signing a recording deal with a local investor and an artist management deal, both of which he now deeply regrets. Unfortunately, at the time, Wallen had signed these deals without any legal representation. He admitted that many of the 13 songs they made during that period were not up to his standards, as he was still learning how to write and figure things out. Out of those songs, five were chosen for the Stand Alone EP, including the fan-favorite "Spin You Around".
In his statement, Wallen expressed his frustration, calling the situation "gross and greedy" and an example of how the dark side of the music business can drain the artistic soul. Determined to take control of his music, he re-recorded "Spin You Around (1/24)" in Nashville with Joey Moi and Bryan Sutton from Big Loud. He even created the artwork for the release while out in the woods during his duck-hunting trip.
In other music news, multi-platinum artist Tyler Hubbard has released his latest single "Turn". The song was written by Hubbard, along with Casey Brown and Josh Miller, and is part of a new chapter in his career. This comes after his self-titled record "Tyler Hubbard" was nominated for Favorite Debut Album at the 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Hubbard will also be joining Kane Brown on tour later this year.
Several other albums are being celebrated this week. Conner Smith has released his highly anticipated full-length debut record titled "Smoky Mountains". Runaway June dropped their album "Smoke, Wine & Whiskey", Charles Esten released "Love Ain't Pretty", and Randall King released his record "Into The Neon". Additionally, there are new releases from artists such as Glen Campbell & Eric Church, Rita Ora & Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, and many more.
MacKenzie Porter, a recording artist signed with Big Loud Recording, has shared a preview of her debut album "Nobody's Born With A Broken Heart". She has released four tracks in advance, including "Pay Me Back In Change", "Young At Heart", the title track, and "Easy To Miss". The full album will be released on April 26th.
To keep up with the latest music releases, fans can follow MacKenzie Porter on her Instagram page, where she announced the news and expressed her excitement about her debut album.
Overall, this week's New Music Friday brings a mix of anticipation, surprises, and heartfelt releases from various country artists. Fans can check out these new tracks and albums and share their thoughts on social media using the hashtag #NewMusicFriday.