Rihanna doesn't want her music to be played at Trump's rallies

Bessie Dean
November 8, 2018

Blanket performance licenses are obtained via ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) and SESAC (Society of European Stage Authors and Composers), the primary organizations in charge of licensing music.

Trump was slammed for using the music of Black musicians at his rallies where he often spreads hateful and racist rhetoric.

Rihanna seemingly found out from Washington Post's White House bureau chief Philip Rucker, who tweeted about hearing the artist's 2008 track "Don't Stop The Music" blared at a Trump rally in Chattanooga, as aides tossed free Trump t-shirts to the crowd.

The anticipated cease-and-desist letter from Rihanna's legal team would not be the first President Trump would be receiving, as a wide range of artistes have previously demanded that he does not use their music at his rallies.

"Personally, I kinda liked the irony of Trump supporters listening to a bunch of anti-Trump music at his rallies but I don't imagine a lot of them really get that or care", he continues.

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The backlash follows musician Pharrell Williams sending Mr Trump a legal challenge over his use of the song Happy on the day of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.

As reported by media, the letter read, "There was nothing "happy" about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this objective".

The statement comes following the use of their 1988 single Sweet Child O' Mine during the President's recent visit to West Virginia.

Others in the "Do not play my music at a Trump rally and/or event" club include Twisted Sister, Adele, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Queen, George Harrison, Luciano Pavarotti, Steven Tyler, and the great purple one himself, Prince.

The "Disturbia" hitmaker was fuming when she realised the USA president had been playing "Don't Stop The Music" at a rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Rihanna also called out specific issues-wage increases for teachers, repealing Stand Your Ground, criminal justice and healthcare reform, and increasing the minimum wage-in her post.

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