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David Byrne Regrets “Not Hiring and Collaborating With Women” on American Utopia

David Byrne apologizes for not hiring women on American Utopia

Last week, David Byrne shared a playlist comprised of the music of his collaborators for his forthcoming album American Utopia. Accompanied with this playlist was a tweet featuring photos of his collaborators, all of which happened to be men.

Fans were quick to call out the lack of women playing on Byrne’s new record and he responded to the criticism with a statement he posted to Instagram on Monday.

“This lack of representation is something that is problematic and wide spread in our industry,” Byrne wrote. “I regret not hiring and collaborating with women for this album–it’s ridiculous, it’s not who I am and it certainly doesn’t match how I’ve worked in the past. It doesn’t represent my current live show, which has a slew of diverse creators and collaborators, making this even more negligent on my part.”

Read his full note below.


American Utopia comes out  March 9. Byrne is currently on a North American tour.