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Ryan Adams cancels tour, puts album on hold following abuse allegations

Ryan Adams' album 'Big Colors' has been pulled from Apple Music and iTunes.

March 2, 2019
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Singer Ryan Adams has canceled his tour in Ireland and the United Kingdom following abuse allegations made by multiple women. His upcoming album, Big Colors, has also reportedly been put on hold.

According to ET, multiple sources state that Adams’ album, that was slated for an April 19 release, has been pulled from the label website, Apple Music, and iTunes.

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The album was meant to be the first of three that Adams would release in 2019.

Yesterday, Ticketmaster Ireland confirmed via Twitter that Adams’ upcoming tour plans at the end of this month have been canceled.

“The Ryan Adams UK & Ireland tour has been cancelled. Full refunds to ticket purchasers from authorised outlets will be processed by end of day on Monday. Please allow time for the repayment transaction to hit your account.”

The cancellation comes not long after Ryan Adams’ guitarist and former tour manager weighed in on the abuse allegations, showing their support for the multiple women who came forward.

What we know about the allegations against Ryan Adams so far:

Last month, a New York Times exposé gave women a platform to come forward about their alleged abusive relationships with the singer-songwriter. Many women came forward in the piece, including Phoebe Bridgers, ex-wife Mandy Moore and musician Courtney Jaye. The women cited abuse ranging from psychological manipulation to sexual misconduct.

Alongside the many women to spoke to the Times was 20-year-old “Ava,” who was only 14 at the time Adams began corresponding with her. Now, the FBI is looking into this specific incident of abuse and has made the first move to open a criminal investigation.

Adams has since denied the allegations against him in both the story and on Twitter.

Shortly after, Moore shared that their “unhealthy dynamic” stunted her career.

“I was living my life for him, I had no sense of self,” Moore says in a podcast with Marc Maron. “I felt like I was drowning. It was so untenable and unsustainable and it was so lonely. I was so sad. I was lonely with him.”

Since the allegations arose, multiple stations have taken Adams’ music out of rotation.

“We pulled all of his music today, which was a difficult decision,” a programmer says to Billboard. “On the one hand, I believe in innocent until proven guilty, but on the other hand, in the court of public opinion, he has already been convicted. And public opinion is what impacts our listeners.”

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Written by Whitney Shoemaker

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