Radio stations release ‘Levitating’ remix after DaBaby comments
Now major radio stations are pulling Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” remix which features DaBaby.
DaBaby has been removed from the lineup at several upcoming music festivals. Now the major radio stations are pulling a remix in which it is featured. Billboard reports that the remix “Levitating” with a verse from DaBaby has seen a 20% drop in circulation since the controversy erupted.
The track aired on 70.2% of radio stations, but that number has dropped to 49.5% in recent weeks. Some stations dropped the song after the artist condemned DaBaby’s comments.
“I’m surprised and horrified by DaBaby’s comments,” Dua Lipa wrote on Instagram. “I really don’t recognize this as the person I worked with. I know my fans know where my heart is and that I am 100% with the LGBTQ community. We must unite to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV / AIDS.
DaBaby was reluctant to bring up the online controversy, calling it “weak internet crap”. But when the rapper started losing stage spots at music festivals like Austin City Limits, iHeartRadio Fest, and Music Midtown, his tone changed. Hot 97’s Summer Jam still has DaBaby in its line-up, but it might not stay there.
The Dua Lipa and DaBaby remix was released in August 2020. It remained popular until 2021, but it might not stay that way with reduced circulation. The track currently sits at # 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time of writing.
Several artists have spoken out against the rapper’s words, including Elton John and Madonna. Others, like rapper TI, have loudly defended DaBaby, saying he has the right to share his beliefs on stage like anyone else. But it looks like the rapper is facing much the same backlash Morgan Wallen had for his viral blunder in February.
Major radio stations slashed the country star’s rotations for a few months before quietly reinstating him due to fan demand. It’s unclear if DaBaby has such an enraged fan base to request her reinstatement. Since the whole controversy erupted, the rapper seems to have taken a break from social networks.
“Anyone who has ever been affected by AIDS / HIV has a right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intention of offending anyone. So my apologies “, the rapper wrote about his Rolling Loud comments. “But the LGBT community, I’m not cheating on you, am I. Your business is all your business.