Lucius is calling out Harry Styles over not properly crediting the duo after collaborating with the pop star on his 2019 song, “Treat People with Kindness.”
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the “Born Again Teen” outfit — made up of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig — broke down how the collaboration came to be, while asserting that they should have been properly credited as featured artists on the track.
Wolfe and Laessig said Styles asked them to sing on “Treat People with Kindness” as they were working on another song together.
“We were like, ‘Yeah, of course.’ If it’s just ‘oohs” and ‘aaahs,’ it’s not a big deal. And it’s a good opportunity for us,” Wolfe recalled. “But we started singing and we were singing the whole chorus.”
She continued, “Two weeks later, they sent us the track. And it was literally us. We start the song, we sing every chorus, just us. We trade off the bridge. It is us and Harry Styles.”
The singers are disappointed they didn’t receive significant credit and, furthermore, that Styles didn’t link their band when adding “Treat People with Kindness” to Spotify, which they say robbed them of critical exposure.
“It just hurt,” Wolfe said. “Here was an opportunity to spread the love a little bit, which he purports to do all the time. And it could’ve really helped us.”
The LA Times notes that when Styles sang “Treat People with Kindness” at The Forum in 2019, he told the crowd, “The fun part for me is that I don’t sing on the chorus.”
Styles has not yet publicly responded to Lucius’ claims. Lucius, meanwhile, just released a new album, Second Nature, last Friday.
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