Stations pull Arcade Fire music amid Win Butler allegations

Some North American radio stations have stopped playing Arcade Fire’s music after the rock band’s frontman Win Butler was accused of sexual misconduct.

A representative from Canadian Broadcasting Corp. told Ottawa City News and CBC News that the station would “pause” playback of the Grammy winner’s work on its CBC Music FM radio station and SiriusXM CBC Radio 3 station “until we learn more about the situation.”

Additionally, the Toronto-based programming director of Indie88 said that his station “made a quick decision over the weekend to retire the band’s music,” but “has yet to have a lengthy internal conversation about the durability of that decision.”

The Montreal-based indie band, who won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2011 with their third studio album, The Suburbs, have made it big with singles “Reflector,” “Keep the Car Running,” and “Ready to Go.”

St. Paul, Minn. radio host Bill Childs told CBC that he’s been following U.S. radio stations, which have also pulled the band’s music, and reported that at least six stations that routinely play Arcade Fire dropped the songs sometime Tuesday had.

“I’m always curious how radio stations react when core artists are implicated by allegations of any kind,” Childs told CBC News.

According to a report Saturday in Pitchfork, four people made the allegations against Butler. Three women, who said they were “loyal” fans of the band, claimed the misconduct occurred between 2016 and 2020, when they were between the ages of 18 and 23 and Butler was between the ages of 36 and 39. A fourth accuser, who identified himself as “gender-fluid,” Butler claimed to have sexually assaulted her twice in 2015 when she was 21 and he was 34.

The 42-year-old Butler – who has been married to bandmate Régine Chassagne since 2003 – denied the allegations and said he had “consensual relationships outside of my marriage,” he told Pitchfork. The singer-songwriter also described the marriage as “unconventional” and Chassagne said he would “never touch a woman without her consent”.

In a separate statement, he also acknowledged a history of depression and alcohol use.

“I have long struggled with mental health issues and the ghosts of child abuse. I started drinking in my 30s when I was dealing with the worst depression of my life after our family suffered a miscarriage. None of this is meant to excuse my behavior, but I want to provide context and share what was happening in my life around that time,” the statement said.

Butler and the band apparently kicked off their European tour at Dublin’s 3Arena on Tuesday without any problems, as prosecutors came forward over the weekend.

While many fans showed their support for the act, which was reportedly well received at the set’s opening, others noted that Butler wasn’t directly vocal about the allegations against him.

One Reddit user said Butler “opened up by ‘thanking everyone from the bottom of my heart’ for coming out.”

Meanwhile, observers on social media have urged fans to boycott the band’s upcoming concerts in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and others, according to the Guardian, while some fans in Dublin said on Twitter they had decided to cancel the show on Tuesday failed to attend the allegations or demanded refunds.

Despite the Pitchfork report, an Arcade Fire publicist only told the Guardian that the band would continue the tour promoting their new album We.

Times contributors Stacy Perman and Alexandra Del Rosario contributed to this report. Stations pull Arcade Fire music amid Win Butler allegations

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