Morgan Wallen Returns To Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart For First Time Since February With “Sand In My Boots”

Morgan Wallen has made his return to the Billboard Country Airplay chart! The exciting news comes on the heels of his record-breaking project, Dangerous: The Double Album, dominating Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, dated July 10, for a 22nd week….

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Posted on July 7, 2021

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Morgan Wallen has made his return to the Billboard Country Airplay chart!

The exciting news comes on the heels of his record-breaking project, Dangerous: The Double Album, dominating Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, dated July 10, for a 22nd week. The album amassing 47,000 equivalent album units earned during the week ending July 1, according to MRC data.

Dangerous’ opening track, “Sand In My Boots,” has debuted on the Country Airplay chart at No. 56 with 699,000 audience impressions, which is up 105%, during the week ending July 4, according to Billboard. The outlet added that “10 of the chart’s 149 reporters played it at least once in the tracking week.”

“Sand In My Boots” appearance on the Country Airplay chart marked Wallen’s first time appearing on the chart since the chart date February 6, when his fan-favorite track, “7 Summers” peaked at No. 15. 

The aforementioned track is not Wallen’s current radio single, nor is the track being actively promoted. However, when Billboard reached out to some radio programmers for a statement, one anonymous major-market programmer said, “I think it would be a No. 1, and that he’d be welcomed back. He made a mistake and he’s apologized a number of times. He belongs back on the chart.”

The country superstar and East Tennessee native was removed from country radio in early February after TMZ shared a video of him using a racial slur. His ban from country radio halted his trek on the Country Airplay chart, following four consecutive No. 1s on the chart.

Additionally, the singer music has seemingly been added back into rotation at most, if not all, country radio stations worldwide.  According to an article shared by the same outlet, dated June 16, Wallen’s airplay numbers doubled and went up 164% in June.

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This news comes just days after Wallen shared a clip, performing an unreleased new song entitled “Drink U Back,” co-written by his longtime friend and Big Loud labelmate, ERNEST.

ERNEST, co-wrote 11 tracks, including “Wasted On You,” “More Than My Hometown,” and “Somebody’s Problem,” on his chart-topping sophomore project, Dangerous: The Double Album. ERNEST and Wallen have been spending quite a bit of time together and are often seen on the golf course with one another. 

“Drink U Back” was shared just days after the “Dangerous” singer was seen in the studio with his longtime collaborator, HARDY.

Wallen previously shared an acoustic performance of another new song, “Thought You Should Know,” which you can hear below.

In addition to returning to the Billboard Country Airplay chart and sharing snippets of unreleased new music, Wallen recently sent an emotion-filled video message to a fan named Caila Nagel, who was hit by a drunk driver in 2020.

The Ohio fan received a personalized video message from the country superstar on Sunday (July 4). In the 45-second clip, sent by Wallen, he expressed sympathy and sent prayers to the injured fan, while also thanking her for listening to his music and letting her know that he would love to meet her one day.

“Hi Caila, It’s Morgan Wallen, I heard about your story and I just wanted to say it touched me and I’m glad you made it through,” Wallen said in the clip. “I know that I can’t comprehend what you’re going through, what you’ve been through but I just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking about you, I’m praying for you, I’m inspired by you.”

The East Tennessee native later added, “I really appreciate you listening to my music, I’m glad that it means something to you, that means a lot to me. I hope that I can meet you one day. Hopefully we can hang out or you can at least come to a show or something but I just wanted to let you know that I’m aware of what you’re going through and that I hope it gets better. God bless you, hope to see you soon.”

You can watch the clip below.

As many of you know, our beautiful daughter, Caila was the passenger in a car that was struck by a drunk driver a little over a year ago. She suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, among other injuries and she was in a coma on life support for nearly two months. When she began to come out of the coma the doctors and nurses were in complete awe. With all of the uncertainties that accompany a severe traumatic brain injury, the doctors believed there was a possibility that Caila would remain unresponsive (or in a vegative state) that rest of her life. She remained in the hospital for 106 days and she has a long, difficult journey ahead of her. She has come so far in such a short time and her progress has been truly a miracle. She is still confined to a wheelchair, but she’s a fighter! We believe one day she will walk again because she’s very determined and her perseverance is unbelievable. One thing that has helped motivate and push Caila to get better throughout this difficult journey is listening to music, specifically Morgan Wallen. If you’ve followed our journey you also know that Caila has had a crazy obsession with Shawn Mendes for years. Well that all changed after coming out of her coma. She has grown to love and adore country superstar Morgan Wallen. Yes- even more than Shawn! She liked Morgan before the accident but since the accident she has been obsessing over him and his music more and more. (If you haven’t listened to his music, you’re missing out!) I know I’ve said this in a previous update, but Caila now insists that Shawn Mendes was her “young love” and Morgan is her “forever love”. For months she has played Morgans music on repeat at home, in the car and also in therapy. She even has planned a “Morgan concert” with her therapist in speech therapy where she’s going to sing all of her favorite Morgan songs soon. To her there’s just something special about this boy from East Tennessee. Not only is his music amazing, but he is amazing! Morgan took time from his busy schedule and made Caila’s dreams come true! He sent her this sweet video message that he made especially for her! To say she was over the moon is an understatement and it brought us to tears to think someone like Morgan would do something so sweet and kind for our girl! We’re still speechless and in shock. Morgan Wallen THANK YOU for being you and doing what you do! Not only are you an amazingly talented artist, but you’re an even better person! We cannot thank you enough for making Caila’s awful year a whole lot better! From the bottom of our hearts…THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! You have given Caila and our family a beautiful memory that we will cherish forever and it means the world to us! PS Thank you to everyone (you know who you are) that made this happen! #cailastrong#oneyearstronger#morganmeetcaila

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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