Adele Says No Campaign Has Permission to Use Her Music — But Doesn’t Tell Trump to Stop

Associated Press
Associated Press

British pop singer Adele released a statement Monday saying Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump does not have permission to use her music during his campaign events.

Trump regularly plays Adele’s smash hit “Rolling in the Deep at campaign rallies, and has previously played her James Bond theme song “Skyfall” on the trail.

The Independent newspaper reports after hearing Trump was using the songs, some of Adele’s fans expressed their rage on Twitter.

“Don’t suppose he asked for her endorsement. Hopefully she’s objected,” wrote a fan.

Another declared: “I think she’s cringing as much as we are … wish he would drown in the deep. The bigot.”

One tweeter even accused Trump and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin of using Adele’s music to push racism:

Adele previously attributed her successful career to Palin, who is currently supporting Trump’s White House bid.

While the record-breaking singer did not call for Trump to quit playing the songs, her reps made it clear they have have not made her music available for campaign rallies.

Making no further comment, a spokesperson for the songstress told The Independent: “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning.”

The statement made no specific mention of Trump; however, other musicians have ordered the New Yorker to cease and desist from playing their hits.

In the early weeks of the Trump campaign last summer, leftwing rocker Neil Young ordered Trump to quit playing his 1989 anthem “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

Young had asked Trump for money in the months leading up to his candidacy, according to Trump.

Young later gave socialist Sen. Benrie Sanders (I-VT) permission to use the song.

Last September, R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe lashed out at Trump over his use of the song “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).”

“Go f—k 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,” Stipe wrote on Twitter.

Furthermore, in October, Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler ordered Trump to cease and desist from playing his band’s hit song “Dream On” on the campaign trail.

In a letter, Tyler’s legal reps said Trump did “not have our client’s permission to use ‘Dream On’ or any of our client’s other music in connection with the Campaign because it gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump’s presidential bid.”


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