Several months ago, Glee creator Ryan Murphy had some choice words for [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kings Of Leon[/lastfm], who refused to have their music incorporated into the hit TV show. In much more polite terms, Murphy gave the band a big old “forget you.” But he recently told The Hollywood Reporter that his scolding words hadn’t quite come out as he would have liked.
In talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy said:
I didn’t speak with as much clarity as I would have liked. Who am I to say ‘F–k you?’ That’s not what I meant. I completely understand when artists don’t want a show or another artist to interpret their songs. In fact, I respect it. It’s their personal work and I’d feel the same way. We get turned down all the time and I don’t fight it or even go back after a rejection.
Murphy does have one artist in his corner though. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Elton John[/lastfm], appearing on Thursday night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, said:
What the hell is wrong with you guys? ‘Oh, we don’t want our music played.’ Well, Kings of Leon, lighten up … listen, when someone wants to do your song, it’s a compliment.
So what do you think? Do you think it is arrogant of artists to not want to license their music for use on Glee or do you think it’s their artistic prerogative? Let us know in the comments below.
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