Len­nox has a pop at Livni over her cam­paign song


POP STAR An­nie Len­nox has clashed with Tzipi Livni over the use of one of her hit songs in a YouTube film which pro­motes the Is­raeli For­eign Min­is­ter’s elec­tion cam­paign.

The Eury­th­mics singer ob­jected to the song, I Saved the World To­day, ap­pear­ing as a sound­track to a film en­dors­ing Ms Livni’s bid to be­come Is­rael’s next prime min­is­ter as the leader of the Kadima party.

Ms Len­nox was a lead­ing cam­paigner against Is­rael’s action in Gaza and joined demon­stra­tors on a rally in Lon­don three weeks ago.

The singer, who is di­vorced from Is­raeli film-maker Uri Frucht­mann, has since clar­i­fied her views, is­su­ing a state­ment say­ing she was not tak­ing sides in the con­flict and call­ing for a peace­ful res­o­lu­tion.

De­spite sug­ges­tions in the Is­raeli press that Ms Len­nox might take le­gal action, Eyal Arad, Kadima’s cam­paign man­ager, said the party had not been con­tacted by her lawyers.

He added: “Kadima only cre­ates ma­te­rial with full copy­rights but we have no re­spon­si­bil­ity for clips that were cre­ated by web users, ei­ther for their con­tent or their copy­right.”

The two-minute clip has been seen by more than 600 peo­ple and fea­tures the song be­ing played over im­ages of politi­cians in­clud­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton, Ge­orge Bush and Tony Blair con­demn­ing Ha­mas rocket at­tacks on Is­rael.

It ends with a screen show­ing an Is­raeli flag and the phrase: “Is­rael: We’re all be­hind you.”

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Ms Len­nox said the Aberdeen-born singer would not com­ment on the video.

The song was re­leased in 1999 and reached num­ber 11 in the UK sin­gles chart. It in­cludes the lines: “Hey hey, I saved the world to­day/ Ev­ery­body’s happy now/ The bad thing’s gone away/ And ev­ery­body’s happy now/ The good thing’s here to stay.”

It is not the first time the use of mu­sic in a po­lit­i­cal cam­paign has caused a broiges.

Last year, Bri­tish rock group Whites­nake and US singer Jack­son Browne protested against US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date John McCain’s use of their songs in his pre-elec­tion ad­verts.

And in 2000, Ge­orge W Bush dropped Tom Petty’s track, I Won’t Back Down, from his cam­paign events, af­ter the singer-song­writer com­plained he did not want to be seen to en­dorse Bush’s can­di­dacy.


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