David Byrne Responds to Criticism over Lack of Female Collaborators on 'American Utopia'

"I regret not hiring and collaborating with women for this album — it's ridiculous, it's not who I am and it certainly doesn't match how I've worked in the past"
David Byrne Responds to Criticism over Lack of Female Collaborators on 'American Utopia'
David Byrne unleashes his latest studio album American Utopia later this week, but its already run into some controversy before its official release.
 
The singer recently shared a playlist highlighting the work of collaborators on his latest LP, including artists like Brian Eno, Oneohtrix Point Never, Sampha and Blood Orange — but no women.
 
Many were quick to point out the distinct lack of female representation.
 
Others have leapt to Byrne's defence, though, pointing out his past track record of collaborating with women and arguing that he should have a right to creative freedom.
 
Nevertheless, Byrne has since responded to the backlash, acknowledging his contributions to widespread gender inequality in the music industry and issuing a statement in which he says he regrets not working with women on the album.
 
"It's ridiculous, it's not who I am and it certainly doesn't match how I've worked in the past," he wrote. "It doesn't represent my current live show, which has a slew of diverse creators and collaborators, making this even more negligent on my part."
 
He goes on to applaud those who brought the conversation to the forefront, adding: "It's hard to realize that no matter how much effort you spend nudging the world in what you hope is the right direction, sometimes you are part of the problem."
 
Read his full message below.
 

 
See the full list of American Utopia credits here. The album arrives this Friday (March 9), but you can give it an advance listen here.
 
Find full details on Byrne's upcoming tour dates here.