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Donald Trump faces the ‘music’ for using songs without artistes’ permission
While Donald Trump lost the Iowa caucuses earlier this week, he’d already lost the battle with several artistes whose songs he wanted to use during his bid for US presidency. Adele is the latest star who’s asked Trump not to play her songs…
Earlier this week, it emerged that while the presidential hopeful had been playing the “we could have had it all” refrain from Adele’s Rolling In The Deep, the singer had not given him permission to do so.”Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” a spokesperson said. Trump, who even attended her concert last year, had also used Skyfall without her permission.
Trump stirred up more controversy after Young’s spokesperson said the singer’s Rockin In The Free World had been used during the campaign without permission. Trump, however, tweeted a photo of Young and himself together, captioned, “For the nonbeliever, here is a photo of @Neilyoung in my office and his $$ request–total hypocrite.” And in true sour grapes style, added, “@Neilyoung’s song, `Rockin’ In The Free World’ was just one of 10 songs used as background music. Didn’t love it anyway .”
After Trump received a cease-and-desist letter from Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler after he played Dream On, he took to Twitter, writing, “Even though I have the legal right to use Steven Tyler’s song, he asked me not to. Have better one to take its place! Steven Tyler got more publicity on his song request than he’s gotten in ten years. Good for him!” Tyler later penned an essay on the issue, clarifying, “My intent was not to make a political statement, but to make one about the rights of my fellow music creators.”
US rock band REM’s front man Michael Stipe was more vocal than Adele when Trump used the band’s It’s The End Of The World As We Know It.”Go f**k yourselves, the lot of you-you sad, attention grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign,” he wrote on Twitter.
Elton’s music has not been requested for use in any official capacity by Donald Trump. Any use of his music should not be seen as an endorsement of Donald Trump by El ton,” a spokesperson declared earlier this week. This statement came after the businessman had used John’s hits of the 1970s Rock et Man and Tiny Dancer.