Pop star singer, Adele has clearly told US Presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, that he does not have her permission to use her songs at campaign rallies after fans expressed their anger that the Presidential hopeful was using the singer’s hits as his warm-up music.
“Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” a spokesman for the singer told The Independent.
Donald who may be a fan of Adele, has angered a number of Adele fans after repeatedly playing her hit ‘Rolling in the Deep’ with its “We could have had it all” refrain at campaign events before he takes to the stage. The businessman also used her James Bond theme tune ‘Skyfall’ while delivering a speech about America’s future.
Trump’s appropriation of Adele’s music has perplexed some of her fans. One fan tweeted she was “offended on Adele’s behalf,” while another asked: “Does Adele know that Donald Trump plays her songs at his rallies? I have a feeling she would not be pleased,” another tweet also reads; “Don’t suppose he asked for her endorsement, hopefully she’s objected.”
The 69-year-old Republican front runner may not know it, but he is a big fan of the British singer-songwriter Adele. Trump left his campaign trail to attend Adele’s Concert at Radio City Music Hall in November 2015, though he annoyed many Adele fans when he jumped the queue at a concert.
Donald has also been ordered to stop using the Aerosmith’s power ballad “Dream On” at campaign events. Attorneys for the band’s front man Steven Tyler (a multi-instrumentalist and former television judge), sent a second cease and desist letter to Donald’s campaign committee, saying;
“The US presidential hopeful does not have our client’s permission to use Dream On or any of the musician’s other songs. It gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr Trump’s presidential bid,” the letter added.
He is not the only politician to use the 27-year-old’s music to create a buzz ahead of their speeches. Mike Huckabee, Donald’s rival for the Republican vote, also shared a cover of Adele’s ‘Hello’ on YouTube, changing lyrics to reference his rivals and campaign. However, a claim from the copyright holder of the song means the audio on the video has been muted.
Musicians have frequently had cause to complain over politicians hijacking their songs. REM’s Michael Stipe objected to the use of the band’s 1984 song ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’ by Trump and Ted Cruz, another the 2016 candidate. Bruce Springsteen also objected to Ronald Reagan’s use of Born in the USA in 1984.
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