Rolling Stones threaten to sue Trump over music at reelection rallies

Rolling Stones Warn Trump to Stop Playing Their Songs at Campaign Rallies

Rolling Stones Warn Trump to Stop Playing Their Songs at Campaign Rallies

The Stones are not the first major act to call on the president to stop using their songs.

Veteran English rock band Rolling Stones has issued yet another warning to Donald Trump, asking the President of the United States to not use their music for promoting his campaign. The song in question?

The band's 1969 classic "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was recently played at Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an event that was heavily criticised for being held while the U.S. is in the midst of an accelerating coronavirus epidemic.

The band said "You Can't Always Get What You Want" has repeatedly been played at President Trump's rallies. "If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists, then he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed", The Rolling Stones said in a statement published on Deadline.com.

The band has appointed performing rights organisation BMI to try to stop him using the song, according to a statement given to U.S. website, Deadline, overnight Saturday.

The music rights organization BMI provides licenses for venues to play a broad array of music and has a catalog of more than 15 million songs that can be played at political events.

A man in a blue suit and red tie points as he speaks to a crowd of people holding placards
Donald Trump has used the song You Can't Always Get What You Want since his 2016 campaign

The Stones had complained during Mr Trump's 2016 campaign about the use of their music to fire up his conservative base at rallies.

The BMI has notified the Trump campaign that any future use of any Rolling Stones musical compositions will be in breach of its license agreement with the organisation. The family of the late Tom Petty saidit had issued a cease-and-desist order after his song I Won't Back Down was used in Tulsa.

"The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately", the band's publicist told CNN in a 2016 statement.

For statement wey dem post on Twitter, di family say di late artist "no go ever want make im song dey used for campaign of hate".

Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Aerosmith, Adele, Neil Young and the estate of singer Prince have all hit out after the use of songs by Trump.

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