Ryan Adams' 'Big Colors' Album Release Pulled After Abuse Allegations
Three music gear companies have also severed ties with Adams
Published Feb 15, 2019The upcoming release of Ryan Adams' Big Colors album has been cancelled in the wake of allegations of emotional abuse and inappropriate conduct with a minor.
Big Colors was initially expected to arrive on April 19 via Blue Note Records/Capitol.
According to Variety, multiple retailers were told that the album has been removed from Universal Music Group's release schedule and ordered to remove pre-orders. The pre-order pages on Adams' own Pax-AM label website have already been taken down.
Pax-AM is distributed through the UMG-owned Blue Note, and Blue Note president Don Was co-produced Big Colors.
Big Colors was slated to be the first of three album releases from Adams this year. Wednesdays and the as-yet-untitled third album did not have firm release dates, but it is presumed that they've been put on hold, as well.
In addition to the album releases being pulled, three music gear companies have also severed ties with the singer-songwriter.
Amp company Benson told Variety, "We have decided to suspend our relationship with Mr. Adams at this moment, and will no longer move forward with the development of the Ryan Adams signature model."
Adams' signature Defcon4 pedal from Walrus Audio has also been pulled from the market, and president Colt Westbrook said that the company would "come forward with a proactive plan to help bring power to people combating abuse as we figure out the best way to do so."
JHS, which also sold a custom pedal associated with Adams, pledged to discontinue the VCR pedal and "fully rebrand and sell this inventory with a portion of the sale going towards the fight against sexual abuse and misconduct."
As previously reported, the FBI is opening an investigation into the allegations that Adams conducted a sexual online relationship with a minor. He was also accused of emotionally abusive behaviour by his ex-wife Mandy Moore and multiple female collaborators, including Phoebe Bridgers.
Adams has denied all allegations.