Note to music artists: when the creator of a TV show that has grown to be a pop culture phenomenon asks if they can use your music on the show, you probably shouldn’t say no. Glee creator Ryan Murphy has hit out at Kings of Leon because they didn’t let the show use their hit “Use Somebody.” And this isn’t a new thing — the feud has been going on for six months. Ryan tells The Hollywood Reporter:
F*** you, Kings of Leon. They’re self-centred assholes, and they missed the big picture. They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song, which will maybe make them want to join a glee club or pick up a musical instrument. It’s like, OK, hate on arts education. You can make fun of Glee all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music.
Whoa! For their part, Kings of Leon say that the whole thing has gotten out of control and that when they had been asked about the music they hadn’t even seen the show yet. They also told THR: “This was never meant as a slap in the face to Glee or to music education or to fans of the show. We’re not sure where the anger is coming from. We just said no to a license for a TV show, which we do a lot.”
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Similarly, Coldplay refused to give Glee access to their catalogue but had a change of heart, reportedly after frontman Chris Martin’s wife Gwyneth Paltrow expressed her love for the show and went on to guest star. So don’t forget the memo: you don’t say no to Ryan Murphy!