While most recording artists usually jump at the chance for some Glee-ful exposure, and in some instances petition for said chance (Britney Spears), Kings of Leon is not among them.
In an interview with NME, the UK’s premier music magazine, the rock band revealed that, despite never having watched Glee, they recently turned down permission for the popular FOX show to use their music. The reason? They refuse to become “sell-outs.”
“We could have sold out so much more,” said lead singer Caleb Followill. “We turn stuff down constantly.”
The frontman continued to relay another eschewed opportunity: “We had some people call us up wanting to know if we’d allow ‘Use Somebody’ to appear in the trailer for their next movie, and we turned them down. Next day, they called back and tried to put us through to the star of the movie – I won’t name names, but he’s an incredibly famous actor – to let him try and convince us to agree to do it.
“I was like, ‘Man, don’t even waste your energy’.”
God forbid they should even be asked such a thing. Can you imagine? One song, reaching potentially millions of people? A musician’s worst nightmare for sure.
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