Rihanna sends Trump cease-and-desist after her song plays at rally

Lewis Collier
November 8, 2018

The attorneys for musician Rihanna (pictured above left) have sent off a cease-and-desist letter to President Donald Trump after the singer's music was allegedly played at a Trump rally over the weekend. "GNR like a lot of artists opposed to the unauthorized use of their music at political events has formally requested r music not b used at Trump rallies or Trump associated events", Rose tweeted recently.

The Barbadian artist, real name Robyn Fenty, has "not provided her consent" for Trump to use her music and "such use is therefore improper", the letter added.

The pop star and makeup guru first learned that her recordings, specifically her 2007 hit Don't Stop The Music, were playing at a Trump rally in Tennessee from The Washington Post's Philip Rucker.

Rihanna was clear about her resistance and she is not the one to care!

Rihanna is the latest celebrity to object to Trump using their music.

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Pharrell Williams' lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter to Trump last month after "Happy" was played at a rally in IL just hours after a gunman killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Currently, Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music" is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. "Not for much longer...me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies", she said, thanking the fan for the heads up.

Ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections in the US, Rihanna has endorsed Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for the governor of Florida.

And Aerosmith's Steven Tyler was left unimpressed when Trump played "Livin" on the Edge" at a rally, three years after he had been issued a warning for using "Dream On' at campaign rallies while looking to be elected.

According to The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), venues such as convention centres, arenas and hotels normally have public performance licenses, but they often exclude music used during conventions, expositions and political rallies.

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