Mu­sic pub­lisher backs Ri­hanna against Trump

Singer has ob­jected to pres­i­dent play­ing her mu­sic at cam­paign events

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Ri­hanna is strength­en­ing her re­solve against U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and now has the back­ing of per­form­ing rights com­pany Broad­cast Mu­sic Inc., which has no­ti­fied the Trump cam­paign that it should dis­con­tinue use of her mu­sic at events.

BMI has re­moved the Bar­ba­dian singer’s work from a blan­ket li­cence agree­ment used for cam­paigns. In this case, the so­called “po­lit­i­cal en­ti­ties li­cence” was an agree­ment with Don­ald J. Trump for Pres­i­dent Inc., giv­ing the cam­paign li­cence to play her work.

The move comes just af­ter RiRi’s lawyer sent the White House a cease-and-de­sist let­ter upon learn­ing that Trump played her 2007 hit “Don’t Stop the Mu­sic” at a rally in Chat­tanooga, Tenn., over the week­end.

“BMI has re­ceived a com­mu­ni­ca­tion from Robyn Fenty, pro­fes­sion­ally known as ‘Ri­hanna,’ ob­ject­ing to the Trump Cam­paign’s use of Ri­hanna’s mu­si­cal works,” said BMI’s Nov. 6 let­ter.

“As such … this let­ter serves as no­tice that Ri­hanna’s mu­si­cal works are ex­cluded from the ‘po­lit­i­cal en­ti­ties’ Agree­ment, and any per­for­mance of Ri­hanna’s mu­si­cal works by the Trump Cam­paign from this date for­ward is not au­tho­rized by BMI.”

The BMI Mu­sic Li­cence for Po­lit­i­cal En­ti­ties or Or­ga­ni­za­tions has been around for about a decade and cov­ers mu­sic played at po­lit­i­cal cam­paign events wher­ever they oc­cur.

How­ever, it con­tains a pro­vi­sion that if a BMI song­writer or pub­lisher ob­jects to the use of her or his song, the pub­lisher may ex­clude it from the li­cence.

This isn’t the first time an artist has asked to be re­moved from the agree­ment.

Aero­smith’s Steven Tyler re­quested that BMI pull Aero­smith’s “Dream On” from use by the Trump cam­paign.

Ri­hanna is one of sev­eral artists who have re­cently asked the pres­i­dent not to play their mu­sic, in­clud­ing Phar­rell Wil­liams, the Prince es­tate and Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses.

AN­GELA WEISS AFP/GETTY IM­AGES

Ri­hanna’s work has been re­moved from a li­cence agree­ment for cam­paigns.

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