Oct 11, 2019

Prince's estate says Trump campaign used "Purple Rain" at rally despite agreement

Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post/Getty Images

The late musician Prince's estate tweeted that President Trump's campaign used the song "Purple Rain" at its Minneapolis rally on Thursday despite a 2018 letter from the campaign's lawyers confirming that it would no longer use the artist's music.

The big picture: Musicians have spoken out against Trump using their music at campaign rallies for years, but this is an interesting case where the artist in question has actually produced a legal agreement on the matter.

  • Most recently, a video tweeted by Trump that attacked former Vice President Joe Biden over the ongoing Ukraine controversy and used "Photograph" by Nickelback was removed after a copyright complaint from the band, per the Washington Post.

A non-exhaustive list of musicians that have spoken against Trump using their music:

Read the letter, via the Prince estate's tweet:

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Streaming services have made music mutable

Kanye West performs during his "Jesus Is King" album and film experience in Los Angeles. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ABA

We tend to think of our favorite music as unchanging, but streaming's rise to become our dominant form of consumption could begin to erode that norm.

Why it matters: Music's move to the cloud means that changes — sparked by creative, legal or other issues — can now easily be pushed out around the globe in a matter of seconds in a way that was impossible when the industry relied on CDs and vinyl records.

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Secret Service interviewed rapper Eminem over Trump lyrics

Rapper Eminem. Photo: Kevin Mazur / Contributor/Getty Images

Secret Service agents interviewed Eminem about lyrics "threatening" President Trump, according to documents newly obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The state of play: The lead track on an August 2018 album attracted social media buzz because of the lyrics, in which Trump critic Eminem claimed he was visited by the Secret Service: "'CauseAgent Orange just sent the Secret Service / To meet in person to see if I really think of hurtin' him / Or ask if I’m linked to terrorists / I said, 'Only when it comes to ink and lyricists.'"

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NYT: Fake video of Trump shooting media and rivals shown at his resort

President Trump speaks to journalists in the White House on Oct. 2. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

A video depicting President Donald Trump stabbing and shooting journalists, political opponents and Black Lives Matter movement figures was played at an event for his supporters at his Miami resort last week, the New York Times reported Sunday. Trump was not present, it said.

Why it matters: Event organizers American Priority confirmed to the Times that the video was shown at the conference at the Trump National Doral, which demonstrates how "Trump’s anti-media language has influenced his supporters and bled into their own propaganda."

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