Prince's estate says Trump campaign used "Purple Rain" at rally despite agreement
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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:
- The Rolling Stones, whose "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is used as the capstone song to most Trump campaign events
- Neil Young
- Elton John
- George Harrison's estate
- Aerosmith's Steven Tyler
- Pharrell Williams
Read the letter, via the Prince estate's tweet: