Artists Who Have Forbidden Donald Trump To Use Their Songs

More than a dozen artists have called on President Donald Trump to stop using their songs at his rallies. They also threaten the president who divides the population to take legal action if he does not respect that vow.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The R-B groups Earth, Wind and Fire and The O’Jays echoed Queen’s complaints about the same convention, due to the Use of “September” and “Love Train” by the Republican Party. The first group posted a tweet saying, “Still unauthorized use (September) at the Republican Convention.” The second group in turn posted a tweet saying, “Donald Trump may even be the anti-Christ.”

More than a dozen artists have called on President Donald Trump to stop using their songs at his rallies. They also threaten the president who divides the population to take legal action if he does not respect that vow.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
On the same day that Donald Trump announced his candidacy, Canadian-born singer-songwriter Neil Young said Trump was not allowed to play “Rockin’ In The Free World.” In addition, the artist was a supporter of Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Rock band R.E.M. said it did not and did not tolerate Donald Trump playing “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” at a rally against the Iran deal. Indeed, bassist Mike Mills approached the candidate by advising him to abstain. Similarly, singer Michael Stipe tweeted, saying, “To all of you, the sad, power-hungry little men who want to attract attention: don’t use our music or my voice for your ridiculous campaigns.”

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Donald Trump reluctantly agreed to stop using the music of Aerosmith, the 1970s rock band, and tweeted, saying, “Singer Stephen Tyler asked me not to use the band’s songs, but I’ll find something better.” He later claimed in another tweet that the singer has gotten more publicity for the request than he has in a decade.

Monday, February 1, 2016
A spokesman for Adele, the British pop singer, denounced Trump’s use of his songs “Skyfall” and “Rolling in the Deep” at his rallies. He said the singer did not allow the use of her music during a political campaign.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Elton John, the British singer whose song “Rocketman” inspired President Donald Trump’s nickname on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, accused Trump of using his music. The singer later said that the song was nothing personal and that he did not want his music to be used in the US election.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
British rock band Queen has repeatedly denounced the use of “We Are The Champions” at the 2016 National Republican Convention. Indeed, the band stated that it was very upset by the repeated and unauthorized use of the song despite a previous request to withdraw. He added that he did not want to be involved in any political debate in any country.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The R-B groups Earth, Wind and Fire and The O’Jays echoed Queen’s complaints about the same convention, due to the Use of “September” and “Love Train” by the Republican Party. The first group posted a tweet saying, “Still unauthorized use (September) at the Republican Convention.” The second group in turn posted a tweet saying, “Donald Trump may even be the anti-Christ.”

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Jay Jay French, the guitarist and manager of Twisted Sister, said singer Dee Snider, a former Celebrity Apprentice contestant and friend of the president, quietly asked him to stop using “We’re Not Gonna Take It” as a campaign anthem. This request came after the great protest by the singer’s fans. It is also the only request to which the President has complied.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Singer Pharrell Williams sent a letter to Trump for playing “Happy” at a rally in Indiana, just hours after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pennsylvania that left 11 worshippers dead. The artist’s lawyer wrote in a letter: “There was nothing “happy” about the tragedy inflicted on our country on Saturday. In addition, we have not granted you permission to use this song, much less for this purpose.”

Monday, November 5, 2018
Rihanna’s lawyers issued an order banning the use of the song “Don’t Stop The Music,” stating that the Barbadian singer did not give the president her consent to use her music. They added: “Such use is inappropriate because it gives a false impression that Ms. Fenty is affiliated, linked or associated in some way with Donald Trump.”

Monday, November 5, 2018
Like many other artists, Axl Rose, the lead singer of Guns N’ Roses, tweeted: “The band has formally requested that our music not be used at rallies or events associated with Donald Trump. However, the campaign uses loopholes in general licenses to represent different locations. This is in order to be able to use the music without the consent of the composers.”

Friday, October 11, 2019
After filing a copyright infringement complaint, Canadian rock band Nickelback managed to have a modified version of the music video for their song “Photograph” removed from Twitter. The latter was tweeted by Trump, who was trying to link former Vice President Joe Biden to a Ukrainian gas executive.

Monday, October 14, 2019
The family of the late Prince singer said: “Donald Trump confirmed a year ago that his campaign would not use Prince’s music. Similarly, we will never give the president permission to use the artist’s songs.” The announcement came after the president played “Purple Rain” at a rally in Minneapolis.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
R.E.M. said they were exploring all legal avenues to prevent the president from using their music at his rallies. The announcement comes after he played “Everybody Hurts” and “Losing My Religion” at a rally in Milwaukee. The band added: “I want you to know that we don’t approve of this crook’s use of our songs.”

Monday, June 22, 2020
The family of singer Tom Petty said: “Donald Trump was under no circumstances allowed to play “I Won’t Back Down” at his rally in Tulsa.” She added that she strongly opposes racism and any form of discrimination. She also called Donald Trump’s campaign a “hate campaign” and later issued a cease and desist notice.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Brendon Urie, the singer of Panic! At the Disco, posted a tweet saying, “To Donald Trump’s campaign: please stop playing my song.” He added: “The president does not represent the same values as our group. In addition, the greatest hope we have is to eliminate this nightmare in November.” The tweet came after the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., played “High Hopes” at a rally in Phoenix.

Sunday, June 28, 2020
The Rolling Stones said in a statement that they were working with music rights company BMI to prevent Donald Trump from playing their songs at his rallies. This after he launched “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at his rally in Tulsa. The group added: “BMI notified the President’s campaign that the unauthorized use of the band’s songs would constitute a violation of their license. Similarly, if Donald Trump continued to use their music, he would be prosecuted for violating the embargo and playing unlicensed music.”

 

 

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