Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Rihanna Reportedly Serves Notice After Her Song Is Used At Trump Rally

Rihanna Reportedly Serves Notice After Her Song Is Used At Trump Rally

Music sensation Rihanna has become the latest artist to take legal action against US President Donald Trump for playing her music at his political rallies.

The pop star was alerted via Twitter that the United States president had played her 2007 hit Don't Stop The Music at an event in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Sunday.

The superstar singer took to Twitter to protest the fact that her song "Don't Stop the Music" was reportedly played at a campaign rally Sunday for Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday.

According to Rolling Stone, Rihanna's legal representatives have sent a cease and desist letter to Trump's White House counsel.

And Rihanna isn't the only celebrity losing it over her song being played in association with President Trump. "Such use is therefore improper", the letter continued (Rihanna's real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty).


Rihanna first learned that the president's pre-rally playlist included her music this weekend after The Washington Post's Philip Rucker tweeted about it, noting everyone at the rally was "loving" the atmosphere.

While she isn't a U.S. citizen and can't vote in Tuesday's midterm elections, Rihanna has made no secret of her opposition to Trump.

And just last week, Pharrell Williams' lawyer sent Trump a cease-and-desist letter in which the singer claimed he didn't grant the campaign permission to use his song "Happy" at a rally in IL.

The Guns N' Roses frontman also said the band had formally requested that its music not be used at Trump rallies or Trump-associated events. He wrote that these licenses "were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters' consent". Venues have such licences precisely so that they do not need to acquire specific permission for every song they use. Trump has also had some musical squabbles with Neil Young for using his song "Rockin' in the Free World", as well as REM for "It's the End of the World".

In the past, Trump was criticized for using the song "Happy" by Pharell at this rallies.

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