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Country artists condemn LGBT laws, but labels silent

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Several country music artists and songwriters have condemned proposed laws critics say discriminate against LGBT people. But anyone looking for reaction from the record labels and production companies on Nashville's Music Row has heard only the sound of silence.

New laws in North Carolina and Mississippi have drawn the ire of businesses and celebrities alike, with Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams canceling shows in those states.

The debate shows a divide between the creative class of artists who can use their platform to speak out and the industry that stands to lose by taking a position. However, Diane Pecknold, who studies the intersection of gender issues and country music, says the industry has more to lose from politicians than from fans. She says contemporary fans are much more diverse than the stereotype of blue-collar conservatives.