Donald Trump Has Right To Play Adele Songs Over Singer’s Objections
As Gossip Cop has reported, Trump has used two of the singer’s hits, “Skyfall” and “Rolling in the Deep,” at various campaign events as he runs for president. Earlier this week, a rep for Adele released a statement saying, “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning.” At is turns out, though, the GOP candidate doesn’t need her personal permission.
A Trump spokesperson confirms that the business mogul has paid the required fees to license Adele’s music for his rallies. It’s actually likely that his camp secured a blanket license with ASCAP and BMI to play any and all songs that are governed by those music organizations. As such, Trump would have the right to use “Skyfall” and “Rolling in the Deep,” regardless of Adele’s feelings.
There is a line, however. Trump, and every candidate, would need an additional license to use the artist in question’s music for campaign commercials or video. But since that’s not the issue at hand here, there’s little Adele can do.
The situation is reminiscent of one Trump faced last year when his own friend, Steven Tyler, sent a cease-and-desist letter over the Republican contender’s use of “Dream On.” The Aerosmith frontman’s attorney was later forced to acknowledge, “The Trump organization obtained public performance licenses from both ASCAP and BMI which cannot decline a public performance license even when a songwriter may not approve of the use.”
For that to no longer be the case, Adele would have to request her music be removed from the list of available songs, which is what Tyler reportedly ended up doing with “Dream On.” It’s unclear if Adele has now taken that step. For now, though, she at least gets a portion of the fee each time Trump uses her music … while making it clear via her rep’s statement that she is not personally supporting the campaign.