Alaska state hold music project put on hold

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state has put songs from the Grammy award-winning band Portugal. The Man and four other artists with Alaska ties on hold.

A project to replace the sleepy hold music for state office lines with songs by Alaska artists drew widespread attention when it was announced in November.

A spokesman for Gov. Mike Dunleavy says it was paused shortly thereafter when members of the public raised concerns with some of the music.

Matt Shuckerow says the intent is to eventually revive the project and periodically switch out the music.

Some partners in the project noted criticism from a conservative blogger, who took issue with lyrics from one band and its brand of music. Shuckerow said he was unaware of the blogger’s article.

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