Adele tells Donald Trump: You don’t have Permission to use my Music
The record-breaking star joins long list of musicians – including Neil Young, REM and Aerosmith – who have asked the presidential hopeful to leave their songs alone.
Donald may be a fan of Adele, but the pop star is no fan of the Republican presidential frontrunner.
The outspoken candidate, who is facing his first electoral test in the Iowa caucus, has been using Adele’s hits Rolling in the Deep and Skyfall, the singer’s James Bond theme, at his political rallies.
Trump’s appropriation of Adele’s music has perplexed some of her fans. One fan tweeted she was “offended on Adele’s behalf”, while another asked: “Does Adele know that Donald Trump plays her songs at his rallies? I have a feeling she would not be pleased.”
The property tycoon, who is known to millions of Americans through the US version of The Apprentice, annoyed many Adele fans when he jumped the queue at a concert she gave at the Radio City Music Hall in November. Now the singer has become the latest pop star to tell Trump to stop pinching her tunes for his campaign.
“Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” her spokesman said.
That should come as no surprise to the Trump campaign. In 2011, Adele called David Cameron “a wally”, describing herself as a “Labour girl through and through”.
Attorneys for Steven Tyler(Aerosmith) had earlier sent a cease and desist letter to Trump’s campaign committee, which said Trump did “not have our client’s permission to use Dream On” or any of Tyler’s other songs and that it “gives the false impression that he is connected with, or endorses, Mr Trump’s presidential bid”.
From The Guardian