Adele Doesn’t Want Donald Trump to Use Her Music

The latest musician to speak out
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Singer Adele is the latest popular musician to get upset that Donald Trump is using her music to promote his hate rallies.

The Republican presidential candidate, whose slogan is “Make America great again”, has recently been playing Adele’s hit Rolling In The Deep as his “warm-up” music.

“Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” her spokesman confirmed.

It is not the first time Trump has been criticised for appropriating pop songs.

Lawyers for Aerosmith star Steven Tyler sent Trump’s campaign a cease-and-desist letter last year, after the politician played the band’s hit single Dream On at numerous rallies around the US.

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Previously, the businessman had played Neil Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World - an angry response to presidency of George Bush Senior - while announcing his candidacy.

Young, a well-known liberal, demanded that Trump stop using the song and declared his support for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders instead.

It’s perfectly understandable that these musicians don’t want to be associated with the Trumpenstein, but unfortunately there’s really nothing they can do to stop him. Legally speaking, as long as Trump pays the proper licensing fees to their publishers he can use their music in rallies and public events no matter what they think of it.

However, public pressure has apprently worked for Aerosmith and Neil Young, so maybe Adele can have the same effect by speaking out.

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