Singer Adele says that Donald Trump does not have permission to use her songs at campaign rallies after fans expressed their anger that the billionaire Presidential hopeful was using her hits as his warm-up music.
Her spokesman confirmed that “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning”
The Republican frontrunner regularly plays the British songstress’ hit “Rolling in the Deep” at campaign rallies to ramp up the atmosphere before he saunters on stage. He also previously played her James Bond themed-song after a dystopic speech he gave on America’s future.
Adele has largely shied away from political debate since she revealed in 2011 she’s a “Labour girl.” However, she broke her silence on Monday, making it crystal clear that she does not allow her work to be used for political campaign purposes.
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Following a firestorm of criticism over Trump’s appropriation of her work, a spokesperson for the songstress told the Independent: “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning.”
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has also signaled objection to Trump’s use of his music. Tyler, a multi-instrumentalist and former television judge, has ordered that the Republican candidate cease to use his power ballad “Dream On” at campaign rallies.
Lawyers for Tyler have sent two separate warning letters to Trump’s campaign committee, saying the US presidential hopeful does “not have our client’s permission to use “Dream On” or any of Tyler’s other songs.” The letters also state that the use of Tyler’s music “gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr Trump’s presidential bid.”
Trump has also been warned to stop using Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” at campaign events, after which Young declared his support for left-leaning Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.