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Rihanna, Axl Rose Slam President Trump for Using Their Music at Rallies

05 November 2018

In response to a tweet heralding the spirit at Trump rallies and the role of Rih's music in them, Rihanna ensured that her stance on the matter was clear.

The information came from no less a source than Washington Post White House bureau chief Philip Rucker, who was trying to convey to readers the politically unique aura of Trump's rallies.

Rihanna is the latest artist unhappy over the fact their music is being co-opted by President Donald Trump.

She shared an Instagram post in which she wrote, "You have the opportunity to make history this election".

RiRi's 2007 hit Don't Stop The Music was selected by Trump's team as part of the motivating soundtrack for his rally in in Chattanooga, Tennessee yesterday (4 November), which was held ahead of tomorrow's hugely-important mid-term elections in the US. "The U.S. has only had four black Governors [sic] in its entire history, and we can help make #AndrewGillum the next one and Florida's first!" In a tweet, Rose accused the Trump camp of "using loopholes in the various venues' blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters' consent".

Most recently, Pharrell sent a cease and a desist to 45 for using his song "Happy" at a rally in Illinois; Trump has also had some musical squabbles with Neil Young for using his song "Rockin" in the Free World, ' as well as REM for 'It's the End of the World'. The president chose to use Williams' song, "Happy", mere hours after 11 people lost their lives, to gun violence, at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "In 2016, Adele had previously requested the president stop playing "Rolling in the Deep" at his campaign rallies".

Rihanna, Axl Rose Slam President Trump for Using Their Music at Rallies