The war of words between singer-songwriter Jann Arden and a radio executive continued yesterday after Arden was accused of "cyberbullying" through her Twitter account.
On Aug. 8 Arden criticized Calgary radio station 90.3 AMP for their decision to shorten Top 40 songs down to two minutes. Initially Arden requested her songs be removed from the station's playlist which Steve Jones, the Vice President of programming for AMP's parent company Newcap Radio, agreed to.
However, Arden continued tweeting about the station's decision including posting a series of tweets on Aug. 10 which slammed both the new format and Jones. Here are a few of those tweets:
for a publicity stunt, I am going to offer the winner of a contest i am doing a dick enlargement. oh...we have a winner! it's STEVE JONES!— jann arden (@jannarden) August 10, 2014
I am having a contest, this is publicity for, I don't know, nothing, but you can win 3000 24 second songs!!!— jann arden (@jannarden) August 10, 2014
er...um.....let me open my check from AMP radio...yup, here it is... just what I thought. 36 cents. what should we buy?— jann arden (@jannarden) August 10, 2014
On Aug. 11 Arden retweeted a link which reportedly contained a leaked e-mail written by Jones regarding removing Arden from playlists at 95 radio affiliates.
The e-mail, dated Aug. 7 with the subject heading "Jann Arden" went as follows: "Please remove ALL music by Jann Arden from your playlist immediately and permanently. Her antagonistic and pissy social media comments about our company are a clear statement that she doesn't need our support. She's a superstar without radio support. Thanks, Steve"
Arden continued tweeting about how AMP could effectively reduce the time used to do other activities:
Too lazy watch Downton Abby season ten? Download half of the good parts now at AMPflix media.— jann arden (@jannarden) August 11, 2014
Bible too long and confusing? Let AMP radio read you the good bits during your breast augmentation.— jann arden (@jannarden) August 11, 2014
AMPCare for the elderly is here! They take their clients to pee every 2nd day cause they really don't know the difference!— jann arden (@jannarden) August 11, 2014
On Aug. 12, the Toronto Star reported Jones as stating Arden's tweets directed at him to "cyberbullying."
"She referred to us as dickheads and morons and then said 'Please stop playing my music,' so I was given the clear impression that she wanted nothing to do with us," he told the newspaper. "We teach our children not to cyberbully, but to find myself at the brunt of small penis jokes or jokes because I'm bald is bizarre, especially from an artist who has talked about being judged on weight. It could be so easy to make those comments back, but it has no place in an intellectual discussion."
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Arden was quick to respond to the article via Twitter, calling out Jones while at the same time explaining her stance wasn't just for her but for other artists and their intellectual property.
I see NO difference in a penis joke and a breast augmentation contest held at a commercial radio station. That is bullying. Grow up Steve.— jann arden (@jannarden) August 12, 2014
Remember all you artists out there.. Speak up to protect your intellectual proper and get banned. That's why a many are silent.— jann arden (@jannarden) August 12, 2014
Like I said- NOTHING to do with me or my work- this is about young artists that feel they have no voice. where does it end? @SOCANmusic— jann arden (@jannarden) August 12, 2014
What amp is doing is wrong on every level. I don't give a crap how you feel about me and my work... This is about copyright infringement— jann arden (@jannarden) August 12, 2014
And stop whining Steve- You sent a mass letter banning me because you couldn't stomach somebody calling you on this bullshit.— jann arden (@jannarden) August 12, 2014
Trust me- for art I will suffer any fat joke you have Steve jones. It's important. You guys are deplorable.— jann arden (@jannarden) August 12, 2014
I will insult bully offend yell scream endure the hatred of whomever cares to hate- to protect and preserve the integrity of artistic works.— jann arden (@jannarden) August 12, 2014
You should not be able to alter an artists works with out heir permission. Ever. Period. Steve jones has a book we should cut in half.— jann arden (@jannarden) August 12, 2014
Arden will mount a Canadian tour beginning in early September in support of her new studio album "Everything Almost." The singer is also slated to co-host the Canadian Country Music Awards on Sept. 7 in Edmonton with Rick Mercer.