Prince's estate attacks Trump for playing Purple Rain at campaign rally
Donald Trump has been rebuked by the estate of late pop star Prince after Purple Rain was played during one of his rallies.
It is not the first time the president’s team has been warned not to use the artist’s music.
President Trump played Prince’s “Purple Rain” tonight at a campaign event in Minneapolis despite confirming a year ago that the campaign would not use Prince’s music. The Prince Estate will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs. pic.twitter.com/FuMUPzSWOe
— Prince (@prince) October 11, 2019
The singer’s official Twitter account tweeted a picture of a legal letter, dated almost exactly a year ago, which seemed to confirm the president’s team had vowed to never use the singer’s music again.
A note alongside the letter made the estate’s position very clear, stating: “The Prince Estate will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs.”
Nonetheless, Purple Rain was played over loudspeakers during the latest rally.
The Trump campaign has yet to comment.
The president’s team have a history of using artist’s music without permission.
Last year Rihanna objected to the use of her 2007 hit Don’t Stop The Music during a rally, while Pharrell Williams issued a cease-and-desist notice after the president played his song Happy – hours after a mass shooting at a synagogue.
The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Neil Young have also previously criticised the president for using their tracks.
Prince died at his home in Minnesota the age of 57 in April 2016.
An autopsy showed revealed he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin.