On Wednesday, February 13th, news spread that several women accused singer-songwriter Ryan Adams of abuse (ranging from emotional manipulation to sexual misconduct) A "New York Times" report included interviews with Adams' ex wife Mandy Moore as well as Phoebe Bridgers and singer/songwriter Courtney Jaye. One woman claimed she was 15 and 16 when Adams engaged in sexual conversation with her and exposed himself to her. An FBI inquiry into Adams’ alleged interactions with that underage woman has been opened. Karen Elson and Liz Phair also alluded to bad experiences with Adams in social media statements.
The backlash of this all has been almost immediate. First of all, musical equipment companies Benson Amps and JHS Pedals, which produced signature amplifiers and guitar pedals with Adams, ended their relationships with the musician. Then Adams' new album "Big Colors" has been pulled from its planned April 19 release, according to "The New York Times", "Variety", and "Billboard". "The Times" cites announcements by record store chains such as Bull Moose and SRCVinyl that the album release has been canceled.
"Big Colors" was set to be the first installment in a 2019 trilogy of albums. He revealed that the second album was titled "Wednesdays".