Chvrches have called out masked EDM producer and DJ Marshmello -- who they released the collaborative single "Here With Me" with this year -- for working with Chris Brown and Tyga on the just-released single "Light It Up." In a statement on twitter, Chvrches wrote, "We are really upset, confused, and disappointed by Marshello's choice to work with Tyga and Chris Brown," they write. "We like and respect Mello as a person but working with people who are predators and abusers enables, excuses and ultimately tacitly endorses that behaviour. That is not something we can or will stand behind."
Chvrches' message comes following news that Chris Brown will tour with Nicki Minaj this fall. For Nicki, that comes off as an ill-advised and tone-deaf decision -- especially in this era -- though it of course won't be the first time Nicki affiliates herself with Chris Brown, who she has released a handful of collaborations with. She is also no stranger to choosing controversial collaborators and tour openers in this current climate, having recently collaborated with 6ix9ine and planned to tour with him too. Azealia Banks slammed Nicki for the choice, and the tour was ultimately postponed (reportedly due to scheduling conflicts for co-headliner Future).
Chris Brown was arrested on rape and drug allegations in Paris earlier this year, but later released without charge. He denied the allegations. He was previously, and infamously, arrested in 2009 for beating then-girlfriend Rihanna, and has a history of other legal troubles.
With this collaboration, Marshmello joins the unfortunately still-growing list of artists who have collaborated with Chris Brown since he assaulted Rihanna a decade ago. The list also includes Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Benny Benassi, Justin Bieber, Kevin McCall, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Rick Ross, Schoolboy Q, Deorro, Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti, Kodak Black, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Joyner Lucas, Bow Wow, T.I., Big Sean, Keri Hilson, T-Pain, Game, Ace Hood, New Boyz, Pitbull, DJ Khaled, Ne-Yo, David Guetta, David Banner, Brandy, Fat Joe, Swizz Beatz, Fabolous, Sean Kingston, Tank, Pusha T, Juicy J, Future, Jeremih, Meek Mill, Rita Ora, Tinashe, Zendaya, 50 Cent, Ray J, Dave East, Lil Dicky, Trey Songz, G-Eazy, and many more.