Friday, 16 November, 2018

Rihanna Sends Trump Cease And Desist Over 'Don't Stop The Music'

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And the Barbados beauty is not the first person to stop Trump from using their music as Pharrell Williams" lawyer recently sent a cease-and-desist letter to Trump after he played "Happy' at a political rally in IN last week, just hours after a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

The document states: "It has come to our attention that President Trump has utilised (Rihanna's) musical compositions and master recordings, including her hit track Don't Stop The Music, in connection with a number of political events held across the United States".

Pharrell Williams also sent a cease-and-desist letter to Trump to stop using his 2013 hit Happy; Prince's estate wants the President to stop playing Purple Rain; Guns N' Roses doesn't want him playing Sweet Child Of Mine; and the Rolling Stones would like him to nix their hit You Can't Always Get What You Want.

A Washington Post reporter tweeted at Rihanna Sunday after seeing the Trump rally. "Such use is therefore improper".

Rihanna joins a long list of musicians who have demanded that their music be kept far away from Trump rallies.

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Rihanna responded by saying, "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!"

Ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections in the US, Rihanna has endorsed Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for the governor of Florida.

Because few artists take a lawsuit against the unauthorised use of their music all the way to court, the President and other deejaying politicians will most likely continue to play music they don't have permission to use at rallies and campaign events. He further claimed that Trump's team is using " blanket performance licenses" for using the music of several artists.

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler filed a cease-and-desist letter after the president played his song Livin' On The Edge at a rally. He made his political perspective clear earlier in the week by tweeting, "Vote Blue".

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