Adele is singing “hell… no” to Donald Trump, who has been using her music at rallies. The singer’s rep says, “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning.” Trump often uses “Rolling In The Deep and “Skyfall” to pump up his supporters at events.
At various appearances, Trump has blasted the lyrics, “We could have had it all” from “Rolling In The Deep.” The GOP presidential frontrunner, who’s running on a platform of “Make America Great Again,” has also played the line from “Skyfall,” “When it crumbles, we will stand tall, face it all together.”
For his part, Trump is a fan of Adele’s, and even attended her Radio City Music Hall concert in November. It’s unclear, however, whether the Republican candidate has licensed Adele’s music or not. Gossip Cop has reached out to reps for both the singer and Trump to find out, irrespective of her not personally giving the real estate mogul permission to use her music, whether he has legally licensed her songs, and can play them campaign events.
This is not the first time Trump has hit a bad note with a musician over using an artist’s songs. As Gossip Cop reported in October, Steven Tyler’s lawyer’s fired off a cease and desist letter to Trump to get him to stop playing “Dream On” at campaign stops. Trump, however, was legally allowed to use Tyler’s song, having bought the rights needed to play “Dream On” at public assemblies. Even Tyler’s lawyer later acknowledged, “The Trump organization obtained public performance licenses from both ASCAP and BMI which cannot decline a public performance license even when a songwriter may not approve of the use.” In the end, though, Trump stopped playing the track out of friendship to his longtime pal Tyler.
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