Rihanna doesn’t want Trump to use her music at his ‘tragic rallies’
Rihanna has joined the list of artists who are unhappy over U.S. President Donald Trump using their music at his rallies.
The Barbadian singer, who cannot vote in the United States, responded Sunday after Philip Rucker, the White House bureau chief for the Washington Post, tweeted that her song, Don’t Stop the Music, was being played at a Trump rally in Chattanooga, Tenn.
“It’s been said a million times, but here’s a million and one — Trump’s rallies are unlike anything else in politics. Currently, Rihanna’s Don’t Stop the Music is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone’s loving it,” Rucker tweeted.
“Not for much longer … me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip!” Rihanna tweeted in response.
Rihanna’s dismissal of Trump support comes after she endorsed Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum for governor of Florida on Sunday.
“You have the opportunity to make history this election,” she wrote. “The US has only had four black Governors in its entire history, and we can help make #AndrewGillum the next one and Florida’s first!”
FLORIDA: You have the opportunity to make history this election. The US has only had four black Governors in its entire history, and we can help make #AndrewGillum the next one and Florida’s first! If you’re tired of feeling like you don’t matter in the political process, know the most important thing you can do in supporting a candidate is finding someone who will take on critical issues such as: making minimum wage a livable wage, paying teachers what their worth, ensuring criminal justice reform, making healthcare a right, and repealing Stand Your Ground. That’s a platform we MUST support. Let’s #bringithome, Florida. Vote @andrewgillum. And VOTE YES on Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to folks who have already paid their debt to society. VOTE on November 6th!
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Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses also expressed frustration with his music being used at political rallies.
“Just so ya know… GNR like a lot of artists opposed to the unauthorized use of their music at political events has formally requested r music not b used at Trump rallies or Trump associated events,” Rose wrote.
“Unfortunately the Trump campaign is using loopholes in the various venues’ blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters’ consent. Can u say “sh*tbags?!”?,” he wrote.
He continued: “Personally I kinda liked the irony of Trump supporters listening to a bunch of anti Trump music at his rallies but I don’t imagine a lot of ’em really get that or care.”
Last week, Pharrell Wiliams had his lawyer send a cease-and-desist letter to Trump to stop playing Happy at his political events.
Trump played the song at a rally in Indiana, just hours after the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh where 11 people died.
“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song Happy to a crowd at a political event in Indiana,” lawyer Howard E. King wrote. “There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”
According to William’s lawyer, the artist “has not” and “will not” grant Trump permission to “otherwise broadcast or disseminate any of his music.”
William’s legal team also noted that the use of the song was not only poorly timed, but it was in violation of “copyright infringement” and “trademark rights.”
“Demand is hereby made that you cease and desist from any further unauthorized use of Pharrell Williams’ music,” the letter stated.
Other artists, including Steven Tyler, The Rolling Stones, Adele, Prince’s estate and Queen have requested Trump not use their music.
The Washington Post points out that when a politician wants to use a song as background music at a rally, their campaign needs a public performance licence from the copyright holder of the musical composition, rather than one from the recording artist.
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