Jann Arden sees something very insensitive about a Calgary radio station's move to cut songs in half on weekends.
The Canadian singer/songwriter went on a Twitter tirade Thursday and Friday about AMP Radio's practice of halving songs using a format known as QuickHitz in order to fit more tracks on the air, The Calgary Herald reported.
The move allows the station to play 24 songs in an hour instead of 12.
But AMP Radio's method for squeezing more tracks on to broadcast went over poorly with the artist behind songs such as "Good Mother" and "Could I Be Your Girl."
Arden went as far as to ask the station to not to play her songs — a request that was apparently granted.
— jann arden (@jannarden) August 7, 2014
God forbid we put #ampradiocalgary in charge of literature too....cutting books in half just because...— jann arden (@jannarden) August 7, 2014
Hey the Eagles just wrote a new song for #ampradiocalgary it goes like this: Desperado why don't you come to....
That's all they need right?— jann arden (@jannarden) August 7, 2014
Any artist that is "receptive" to having their work cut in HALF is selling themselves out completely. #ampradiocalgary— jann arden (@jannarden) August 7, 2014
I just wanted to thank Steve jones for removing me from the #ampradio stations nation wide. Thank god.— jann arden (@jannarden) August 8, 2014
Arden isn't alone in abhorring the idea. Great Big Sea member Alan Doyle chimed in with his own, humourous take on the station's new format.
@jannarden we could just rewrite the tunes to be abbreviated? 'Yeah u...shook me most of the night !'— Alan Doyle (@alanthomasdoyle) August 8, 2014
@jannarden 'back in the the Summer of 61. Hey yeah . Me and my baby in 61'— Alan Doyle (@alanthomasdoyle) August 8, 2014
@jannarden or 'this guns for hire. Even if we're just dancing in the dusk'— Alan Doyle (@alanthomasdoyle) August 8, 2014
Despite the artists' objections, Steve Jones, VP of programming for Newcap Radio, AMP's parent company Newcap Radio, told CBC News that most listeners have been receptive to the idea.
"But overwhelmingly the listener reaction has been, 'I love hearing this much music,'" he said. "I mean it's really cool you can listen to a radio station for 15 minutes and hear six or seven songs in that short period of time."
This is not the first time AMP Radio has faced controversy over its choices. Last March, the station burned $5,000 in cash as part of a contest. Critics said the money could have been donated to charity.