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R.E.M. sends cease-and-desist letter to FOX News over use of 'Losing My Religion'


The members of R.E.M. have blasted editors at FOX News network for using the band's hit song "Losing My Religion" during its coverage of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night.

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Bosses behind the TV channel have been sent a cease-and-desist letter from executives at publishing house Warner-Tamerlane Music, accusing them of failing to obtain permission to play the popular 1991 track while reporting from the Charlotte, N.C., event.

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Singer Michael Stipe, 52, has spoken out to condemn FOX News and its journalistic ethics in the wake of the controversy. In a statement on the band's official website, he says, "We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there."

Sep 8, 2012 9:38AM
They sold their song for a profit and now they whine because they don't own it.  Hypocrites.
Fox should use KORN "Twisted Transistor" 100 times better then any R.E.M Krap
Sep 8, 2012 9:22AM
When bands and artist try to make their music political then I am forced to make my purchases political. This whole thing is getting ridiculous!!!!! Morons act like NBC is an honest news source??? They lean so far left they are turning in circles, but because it is in toe with the libera big mouths nothing is said. It's just so ironic that liberals scream charges of racism, bias, corporate control, big money, yet they are the very ones that need to wear the charges!!!! I suppose as a middle class member I'm supposed to be able to relate to Hollywood stars and music millionaires who have 5 homes, a car for every mood, and butler staff??? Give me a break!!!!
Sep 8, 2012 9:22AM
Attaboy, Michael Stipe and R.E.M.  Let those money-grubbing Republicans know that they're not welcome to play your songs without permission and without paying royalties.  As if...the Republicans know anything about "Losing My Religion" because the moral compass of the G.O.P. is whirling like a dervi**** so far off base!!!

R.E.M. should be kissing Foxes a$$ right about now. nobody listens to their outdated krap anymore.


I say take 90% of all their earnings then maybe they will get the point dumb a$$es.

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