Prince's estate demands Donald Trump stops using his music at rallies

Angelo Anderson
October 16, 2018

Video footage of audience members waving their hands to Purple Rain at one of President Trump's rallies apparently raised a red flag from some members of Prince's estate, who issued a statement Thursday night asking that "they cease all use immediately". It was played just last week at Trump's rally in South Haven, Mississippi.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to an Agence France-Presse request for comment.

Video footage surfaced showing attendees of one of Trump's infamous on-the-road rallies in MS waving their hands in the air and swaying and singing along to his 1984 signature hit "Purple Rain". A spokeswoman for the estate confirmed Friday that a request had been made to discontinue using it. Neil Young famously denounced Trump's use of "Rockin' in the Free World", way back in 2015.

During his life, Prince was very guarded about the unauthorized use of his music and rarely allowed it to be played without his permission.

But during a question-and-answer session on Twitter two years ago Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger was quoted as saying there was nothing he could do under United States law to stop Trump playing his music.

"If you're in a public place like Madison Square Garden or a theater, you can play any music you want, and you can't be stopped".

Prince died in 2016 from an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

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