“Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” her spokesman said.
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump may have terrible hair, a history of cutting off finances to disabled family members and an outright racist attitude towards Mexicans and Muslims, but you have to hand it to him: his music taste is top-notch.
The property tycoon, who is leading in Republican opinion polls, has been playing British superstar Adele’s hits “Rolling in the Deep” and “Skyfall” at his political rallies. But the Londoner—evidently not a fan of Trump’s particular brand of greed and misogyny—has followed several other artists in telling Trump to stop using her music for political gain.
“Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” her spokesman said. The Grammy winner has never been one for conservative politics, calling British Prime Minister David Cameron a “wally” in 2011. Neil Young set the ball rolling when he slammed Trump as a “hypocrite” for using his “Rockin’ in the Free World” to launch his presidential campaign.
REM’s Michael Stipe was not so restrained when he said, “Go fuck 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,” after Trump played “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)” at a rally.
@Neilyoung’s song, “Rockin’ In The Free World” was just one of 10 songs used as background music. Didn’t love it anyway.
Lawyers for Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler sent a cease and desist letter to Trump’s campaign, saying that his use of the song “Dream On” gives “the false impression that he is connected with, or endorses, Mr. Trump’s presidential bid.” Trump isn’t the only Republican candidate to use Adele’s music after Mike Huckabee made a bizarre video covering her massive hit “Hello”.