Musicians demanding politicians not use their songs for campaigns
26 July 2016 Entertainment News
Fourth Estate Staff
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver has talked about politicians using the songs of musicians in their campaign resulting to many musicians backing him up.
The sentiments of Oliver came after GOP nominee Donald Trump emerged at the Republican National Convention last Monday using Queen’s song “We Are the Champions.” The band tweeted after, “An unauthorized use at the Republican Convention against our wishes.”
Oliver then shared that if artists want to lend their music to politicians, it is fine but it is not okay for them to just take the artists’ songs. He added, “This happens every single election and it is time for musicians to come together and take a stand.”
Oliver has then gathered musicians to appear on a “Don’t Use Our Song clip. The clip included artists like Usher, Josh Groban , Cyndi Lauper , and Sheryl Crow. Usher was heard singing, “But we notice something's wrong and it's gone on way too long / So we're asking you right now stop using our songs.” Lauper chimed in singing, "Stop using our music that's our one and only rule." The group added that they did not write their song to make campaign stops look cool.
Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” was played when Trump accepted the nomination and they tweeted about it but the post has since been deleted. Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” song was also used at the Republican Convention and they have tweeted their displeasure about it. O’Jays also called Trump an “anti-Christ” after his song “Love Train” was used by the politician.
This is not the first time that a politician used a song during his or her campaign. Mike Huckabee once used Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” Sarah Palin used Heart’s “Barracuda,” the Democratic National Committee used Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” and more.