R.E.M. to Fox News: Stop Playing Our Song!

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R.E.M. has become the latest band to pull its song for political reasons.

The band has demanded that Fox News stop the channel’s use of the song “Losing My Religion” after the network played the 1991 single during the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday.

“We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there,” lead singer Michael Stipe said in a statement on his band’s website.

The site goes on to say that “R.E.M. today, through its music publisher, Warner-Tamerlane Music, demanded that Fox News cease and desist from continuing its unlicensed and unauthorized use of the song.”

Fox News, however, says that the use of the song was indeed legal and that the group was merely looking for some press.

“FOX News Channel’s use of an R.E.M. song during Thursday’s edition of Fox & Friends was in full accordance with its license agreements with all appropriate parties. Nevertheless, we’re always flattered to have this much attention for a song selection and we hope R.E.M. was able to satisfy their publicity fix,” Fox said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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