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Phoenix issues apology for working with R. Kelly

Thomas Mars (L) and Deck d'Arcy of Phoenix perform during the 2018 Grandoozy Festival at Overland Park Golf Course on September 14, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.
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French alternative act Phoenix has apologized for collaborating with R. Kelly in 2013, writing on Twitter, “We are deeply horrified by the stories of abuse surrounding R. Kelly.” The band teamed up with the controversial R&B singer twice, both six years ago: first he joined the group on stage at Coachella, while later in the year they released a remix of Phoenix’s single, “Trying To Be Cool,” from its Bankrupt! LP.

The quartet also stated, “We regret that we were not both more informed and more discerning when we worked with him previously. We fully support all victims of sexual abuse, and it’s our hope that there will be a path to justice.”

Phoenix is the latest musical act to apologize for working with R. Kelly following the arrival of the documentary series, Surviving R. KellyLady Gaga issued a statement on Thursday (January 10th) in which she expressed regret for working with him on a track called “Do What U Want (With My Body),” which she was having removed from iTunes and “other streaming platforms.” Chance The Rapper and John Legend have also condemned R. Kelly.

Surviving R. Kelly, which aired last week, included interviews with several women who have accused the singer of sexual assault and abuse. The documentary has prompted authorities in Chicago and Atlanta to begin investigating the claims of abuse against the singer.

Story source: Rolling Stone


  • Phoenix is best known in the U.S. for its fourth album, 2009’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. That CD was the French group’s first commercial success in the U.S. and featured the hit singles “1901” and “Lisztomania.”
  • The band’s latest studio effort, Ti Amo, was released in June 2017.

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