David Byrne Sings Biz Markie's 'Just a Friend' In Support Of Artists' Rights

When David Byrne takes the stage, audiences can always expect to be entertained with his rocking voice and great stage presence. But they don't usually expect to see the former Talking Heads member spit raps.

At a show sponsored by the Content Creators Coalition (CCC), David Byrne covered Biz Markie's "Just a Friend," making the audience laugh and sing along.

The CCC show was meant to highlight the United States' policy of not paying artists for radio airplay, and promote a petition to change these royalty laws. The petition states, "The United States has the unfortunate distinction of being the only democratic country in the world whose artists and musicians receive no pay for the terrestrial radio airplay of their music. The short list of countries that share the United States’ position on this issue includes: Iran, North Korea, China, Vietnam, and Rwanda."

After this performance we all want to be David Byrne's friend (even more than we did before), and learn about this cause.



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