Billboard News 1/30/19
Back in November, Danish pop group Lukas Graham recorded a pair of stripped-down studio tracks at Spotify’s Swedish headquarters: their 2018 single “Love Someone” and a cover of XXXTentacion‘s “Sad!” On Friday, those sessions went live and, unsurprisingly, the latter received some criticism. On Wednesday (Jan. 30), Lukas Graham took to Instagram to announce that the XXXTentacion cover had been scrubbed from Spotify.
“Our cover of SAD will be taken down ASAP,” frontman Lukas Forchhammer wrote. “I had no knowledge of his violent history. I’m very sorry for the pain I’ve caused. Again, I’m very sorry.”
XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was shot and killed on June 18, 2018, in Deerfield Beach, Fla., at the age of 20. At the time of his death, he faced many legal charges, including aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness tampering. In October, the Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office shared recordings of XXXTentacion ostensibly confessing to numerous violent crimes.
Warner Bros. Records had no additional comment on the song’s removal.