Prince’s fam­ily asks Trump to stop play­ing his songs at ral­lies

New Straits Times - - WORLD -

NEW YORK: The fam­ily of Prince has told Don­ald Trump to stop play­ing the late icon’s songs at ral­lies, fol­low­ing a pha­lanx of other an­gry artistes who have told the United States pres­i­dent to pull the plug.

“The Prince Es­tate has never given per­mis­sion to Trump or The White House to use Prince’s songs and have re­quested that they cease all use imm e d i a t e l y,” t w e e t e d the mu­si­cian’s half­brother Omarr Baker.

The pres­i­dent’s team have re­port­edly added Pur­ple Rain, one of Prince’s best­loved tracks, to the playlist of re­cent ral­lies in the run-up to Novem­ber midterm elec­tions, in­clud­ing in Mis­sis­sippi last week.

The com­plaint adds Prince to a long line of mu­si­cians or their rep­re­sen­ta­tives who have ob­jected to Trump blast­ing out their tunes at his pub­lic ral­lies.

The Rolling Stones, Adele, Neil Young, R.E.M., Aero­smith, Queen and George Har­ri­son are among acts that have lodged ob­jec­tions to the use of their mu­sic at Repub­li­can gather­ings.

The fam­ily of Italy’s late Lu­ciano Pavarotti, one of the most fa­mous tenors of the 20th cen­tury, also crit­i­cised the use of his sig­na­ture record­ing of block­buster Puc­cini aria Nessun Dorma, a fix­ture at Trump’s 2016 ral­lies.

But dur­ing a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion on Twit­ter two years ago Rolling Stones front­man Mick Jag­ger was quoted as say­ing there was noth­ing he could do un­der US law to stop Trump play­ing his mu­sic.

“If you’re in a pub­lic place like Madi­son Square Gar­den or a theatre, you can play any mu­sic you want, and you can’t be stopped. So, if you write a song and some­one plays it in a restau­rant that you go to, you can’t stop them. They can play what they want,” he was re­ported as say­ing.

While US law could al­low an artiste to ask for his mu­sic not to be played at po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns, none have yet fol­lowed through with any le­gal ac­tion.

Prince died aged 57 in April 2016 from an ac­ci­den­tal over­dose of pow­er­ful painkillers.


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