Release of Ryan Adams’ album ‘Big Colors’ stalled amid allegations

Washington: American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams had announced that he will release three new albums this year.

However, the first one of his 2019 releases titled ‘Big Colors’ has been put on hold.

The news follows Wednesday’s New York Times story that detailed several women’s allegations against Adams, who accused him of harassment and emotional abuse.

The album was supposed to come out on April 19 but according to sources, the release of the album has been put on hold, reported Variety.

On Thursday night, retailers reported that they were notified that the album had been pulled from the scheduled release date by the Universal Music Group (UMG).

Adam’s own label Pax-Am which has a distribution deal with UMG’s Blue Note (whose president, Don Was, co-produced ‘Big Colors’) also deleted its corresponding pages for pre-orders related to the CD and LP.

The status of the remaining albums is still unclear. In the wake of the allegations against Adams, Benson, an amplifier company, also announced that it is severing its ties with the 44-year-old artist.

“We are saddened and surprised by the recent allegations against Mr. Ryan Adams as documented in the New York Times. 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. We have no further comment at this time,” Christopher Benson said in a statement.

In the New York Times report as cited by People, multiple women, including Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore and musician Phoebe Bridgers, claimed that the singer was controlling and obsessive.
According to the report, a 20-year-old woman named Ava also claimed that Adams had “sexual conversations” with her when she was just a teenager.

Adams’ lawyer Andrew B. Brettler denied the claims against his client to the Times, stating that the singer was never “engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.”

In a series of tweets posted after the Times story got released, Adams apologised for his past “mistakes,” while also claiming the article “is upsettingly inaccurate.”