Prince’s fam­ily de­mands Trump stop us­ing his mu­sic

Khaleej Times - City Times - - SKY FULL OF STARS -

THE FAM­ILY OF Prince has told Don­ald Trump to stop play­ing the late icon’s songs at ral­lies, fol­low­ing a phalanx of other an­gry artists who have told the US pres­i­dent to pull the plug.

“The Prince Es­tate has never given per­mis­sion to Pres­i­dent Trump or The White House to use Prince’s songs and have re­quested that they cease all use im­me­di­ately,” tweeted the mu­si­cian’s half-brother Omarr Baker.

The Trump cam­paign did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest to com­ment.

The pres­i­dent’s team have re­port­edly added Pur­ple Rain 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 the bil­lion­aire Repub­li­can head of state 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.

US laws al­low artists to ask for their mu­sic not to be played at po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns.

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