Rihanna Sends Trump Cease-And-Desist Letter Over Rally Music

Joann Johnston
November 8, 2018

Rihanna said she'd stop President Donald Trump from playing her music at his rallies.

Now, as Rolling Stone reports, the singer has sent a cease and desist letter to the President's counsel, demanding that Trump discontinue use of her music at political events.

It's not clear whether Rihanna's team has yet taken legal action against the Trump campaign, but she did call the rallies "tragic", which is almost as damaging.

On Friday, November 2, Donald Trump played "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses at a political rally in West Virginia.

The singer who seen as vocal supporter of the democratic party, endorsed Democratic party member and Mayor Andrew Gillum for Florida governor.

Rihanna has made it clear she doesn't agree with the president or his politics.

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Just recently, Pharrell Williams issued Trump with a cease-and-desist letter after he played his song "Happy" at a rally in Indiana.

Axl Rose isn't alone in his fight to try and stop Trump from using his music. "The US has only had four black governors in its entire history and we can help make #AndrewGillum the next one and Florida's first".

Therefore, as The Washington Post details, Trump uses the loophole of, "Most of the typical venues for campaign events, such as arenas and convention centers, will already have a blanket license from a performance rights organization in place".

"Just so you know, GN'R, like a lot of artists opposed to the unauthorised use of their music at political events, has formally requested our music not be used at Trump rallies or Trump-associated events", he tweeted. Venues have such licences precisely so that they do not need to acquire specific permission for every song they use.

In a series of tweets, Rose said that Trump has used the music of other artists aswell, who in the past had protested against it. Artists from Paul McCartney to Bruce Springsteen to Steven Tyler have publicly asked for Trump to stop playing their music during the 2016 campaign.

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