Adele Donald Trump Drama: Singer Wants Him To Stop Using Her Songs At Rallies
Adele is no fan of Donald Trump, and she might ask the business mogul to stop using her music at his political rallies. Can she stop him?
The reigning queen of pop music is not happy that the front-runner (still, after losing the Iowa caucuses Monday night) in the Republican Party primary is playing her songs at his rallies. However, some experts believe that she may have a hard time preventing him from doing it.
Adele has not yet asked Donald Trump to cease using her music at his campaign events, but she does not want to be associated with the political headliner, a controversial reality star, who is currently leading the race for the GOP nomination for president in several polls.
Benny Tarantini, a spokesperson for the British music sensation, relayed her thoughts to the media, and said:
“Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning.”
However, Tarantini has declined to say if the “Hello” singer was ready to take additional steps to get her wish. Trump’s pre-rally playlist at recent campaign stops included “Rolling in the Deep” and “Skyfall,” two of Adele’s biggest hits.
It seems that the real estate titan turned politician is a big fan of the “Someone like You” diva because he was photographed at one of her concerts at Radio City Music Hall in New York City over two months ago. According to reports, the billionaire’s presence was met with “boos” and cheers.
This is not the first time a music star is angry at Trump for using their songs at rallies. Earlier this year, Steven Tyler, the lead singer of legendary rock band Aerosmith, via his lawyer, sent a cease-and-desist letter to Trump over his use of “Dream On” at rallies. It took some time, but The Donald did eventually stop using the song. Tyler, who said he did not want to be linked with Trump’s run for president, was slammed by the author of “The Art of the Deal.” Trump said:
“Steven Tyler got more publicity on his song request than he’s gotten in 10 years. Good for him!”
It is not clear if Adele will be at the receiving end of similar vitriol. Legal experts say Adele will have trouble preventing Trump from using her songs because the venues where he holds these events have a “blanket performing license.” Georgetown University law professor Rebecca Tushnet shared:
“A public performance of the musical work generally – with complicated exceptions – requires licensing, which most public venues have.”
What are your thoughts on Adele’s statement? Should Trump stop using those songs?
— Daniela Franco (@danielafrancony) November 18, 2015