The Grammy-nominated country/rock powerhouse was arrested Thursday evening in Oklahoma for obstruction of investigation, according to the Craig County Sheriff’s Office. On Friday (Sept. 8), the cover of Spotify’s “Outlaw” country playlist was changed to Bryan’s brand-new mugshot. While there is still no explanation for the change in playlist artwork, the move is equal parts timely and clever.
Billboard has reached out to Spotify for comment.
“Today, I had an incident with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol,” Bryan wrote in a social media post. “Emotions got the best of me, and I was out of line in the things I said.” The sheriff’s office where Bryan was booked and photographed is in Vinita, Oklahoma —an hour northeast of Tulsa, where he currently lives.
This week has been one of the biggest in Bryan’s professional music career. He earned his first Hot 100 chart-topper, alongside Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves, with “I Remember Everything,” and that song’s parent album, an acclaimed self-titled effort, concurrently debuted atop the Billboard 200, marking his first No. 1 album in the United States. All 16 songs from the album debuted on the Hot 100, and he also earned the largest streaming week for a rock album in history.
Prior to the seismic success of his newest album, Bryan previously reached the Hot 100’s top 10 earlier this year with “Something in the Orange” (No. 10), his Grammy-nominated breakthrough hit that appears on American Heartbreak, his first Billboard 200 top ten album (No. 5).
Click here to see the updated Outlaw playlist cover.