Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine went on Twitter earlier this afternoon to demand that Fox News stop playing his band’s music. “Dear Fox News, don’t play our music on your evil fucking channel ever again. Thank you,” he wrote. It is unclear what exactly prompted this public outburst. When reached by Rolling Stone, Levine’s representative declined to comment.
Though it’s very common for musicians to ask politicians to stop using their songs in campaigns – Tom Petty, Katrina and the Waves and David Byrne all dealt with this earlier this year – it’s unusual to see an artist make this demand of a network, even one as highly politicized as Fox News. While musicians very seldom get paid performance royalties when their music is used on campaign stops, television networks are obligated to pay out royalties every time a song is used in a broadcast.