By Matthew Perpetua
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine went on Twitter on Wednesday to demand that FOX News stop playing his band's music. "Dear Fox News, don't play our music on your evil f------ channel ever again. Thank you," he wrote. When reached by Rolling Stone, Levine's representative declined to comment.
Fox News hosts Greg Gutfeld and Andy Levy both replied to the singer on Twitter, each mocking the "Dear Fox News" phrasing of Levine's tweet. "Dear Adam, that's not music," wrote Gutfeld. Levine elaborated slightly in his tweet, writing "Dear @AdamLevine, don't make crappy f------ music ever again. Thank you."
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.