Pharrell Williams has barred Donald Trump from playing his music at rallies.
Pharrell Williams, the American rapper, singer, songwriter andrecord producer, has told US President Donald Trump to stop playing his music at political events. Said warning comes after the US leader attended an event, namely the annual Future Farmers of America Convention and Expo in Indiana on Saturday, where the song ‘Happy’ was played, just hours after 11 people were killed in a mass shooting in Pittsburgh.
The shooting is probably the worst anti-Semitic attack in US history and took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue; the 11 victims were aged between 54 and 97 and included a husband and wife.
Pharrell’s lawyer issued a cease-and-desist letter stating there was nothing “happy” about the tragedy and “no permission was granted” to use the song.
The letter from the star’s lawyer Howard King reads “On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist’, you played his song Happy to a crowd at a political event in Indiana. There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose. Pharrell has not, and will not, grant you permission to publicly perform or otherwise broadcast or disseminate any of his music. Moreover, the use of the song Happy is a copyright and trademark infringement.”
Trump was criticised for making jokes about a “bad hair day” in the immediate wake of the shooting, although at the Indiana rally he condemned the attack, calling it “an anti-Semitic act” and saying: “We just don’t seem to learn from the past.”
Pharrell is not the first artist to warn Mr Trump against using their music. Prince’s estate warned the president about playing the star’shit Purple Rain at his rallies earlier this month and in August, Steven Tyler, frontman of Aerosmith, also filed a cease-and-desist letter after the song Livin’ On The Edge was played at an event.Tyler’s lawyer stated: “Mr Trump is creating the false impression that our client has given his consent for the use of his music, and even that he endorses the presidency of Mr Trump.”
Adele, Neil Young, the Rolling Stones and Queen are among many other musicians who have forbidden Trump to use their music.
Back in 2015, REM’s Michael Stipe said: “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”
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