PWR BTTM’s music has been yanked from Apple Music, iTunes and a slew other popular on-demand music platforms after the duo’s frontman Ben Hopkins was accused of sexual abuse and predatory behavior.
In light of the explosive claims, the band pulled out of their planned album release show last Friday (May 12) and Polyvinyl Records announced it has stopped selling and promoting the band’s music, just one day after the release of their highly-anticipated Pageant album.
“Throughout our 20 years, Polyvinyl has purposefully operated on the core principle that everyone deserves to be treated with fairness and respect,” Polyvinyl explained in a statement posted Saturday. “There is absolutely no place in the world for hate, violence, abuse, discrimination or predatory behavior of any kind,”
The indie label wasn’t just paying lip service. Pageant has been taken down from Polyvinyl’s website and it can longer be found at iTunes, Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play or Amazon.
At the time of writing, Pageant was still available to stream on Spotify, though it’s only a matter of time before it too disappears from the music service’s library. PWR BTTM’s earlier works released by Father/Daughter Records, including their debut set Ugly Cherries, have also been pulled from iTunes and Apple Music, Pitchfork notes. Father/Daughter has distanced itself from the band. “In lieu of the allegations,” the label explains in a statement, “we are no longer selling PWR BTTM music and merchandise and we will be making donations to RAINN and the NCAVP in solidarity of all survivors.”
The group was also dropped by their management, and their summer tour appears to have imploded. All dates on their North America jaunt have been removed from PWR BTTM’s Facebook account, though the band’s official website still lists 20 shows in the U.S. and Canada and a single gig in the U.K.
The two members of PWR BTTM (Hopkins and drummer/singer Liv Bruce) attempted to set the record straight last week with a letter in which they stated the allegations were “shocking to us and we take them very seriously,” though their social media pages have stayed quiet as the fallout intensifies.