Former TNT frontman Tony Harnell has issued the following update:
"This email applies mostly to Norwegian fans who I love with all my heart and soul, as of course I do ALL my fans around the world.
"In reference to the lyrics my former band [TNT] has allowed a rapper to add to our classic song '10,000 Lovers (In One)', I decided to post the lyrics here so you can decide what you think of them.
"My questions are as follows:
"What does taking sexual advantage of a young girl who grew up with no father, who has had struggles in her life, who apparently sells her body and who in the end resorts to doing cocaine (mutha fuckin' powder), if all else fails, have to do with '10,000 Lovers in One'? If anyone out there can enlighten me, please do.
"Further, the saddest thing of all with this is that my former band would allow these lyrics to degrade a song that is so dear to our fans. This song that was written for someone I cared about when I was very young and this is what it has come down to?
"I am posting these lyrics in response to a recent TV show where two band members are appearing to laugh when reading a statement from my management that expresses our issues with the lyrics. This statement was supposed to be read as the band's statement and not my management's statement. They offered to read it as a sort of settlement and to avoid a lawsuit over the song based on European Driot Morale laws and formal agreements made between the band and myself — for more details, read my blog 'Art Degraded, Imagination Denied'.
"I don't think any of the fans have read or seen the lyrics and I think you all should so maybe you can understand my views. If there is a positive interpretation that I am missing, please enlighten me.
"As I have said before, I wish my former bandmates all the best for the future and will always hold a special place for them in my memories. My time with the band obviously played a huge role in my life and career and there is no way I could ever disclaim that. I truly care about the fans with all my heart. It is why I work so hard to be as good as I can be and why I get upset whenever I feel I have let the fans down. I live to bring my best to people who want to hear me and will always strive for that for the rest of this lifetime.
"As was stated, any royalties I receive from this song will go to a treatment center for young girls to be determined soon.
"Here are the lyrics, judge for yourself."