On Sunday, Rihanna discovered that President Trump was playing her famous hit “Don’t Stop The Music” at one of his rallies. The rally was being used to promote the Republican Senate candidate, Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee. However, the singer stated that he wouldn’t be using the song for “much longer.”
Not for much longer…me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip! https://t.co/dRgRi06GrJ
— Rihanna (@rihanna) November 5, 2018
It is safe to say the bad girl is a woman of her word! Rihanna’s legal team filed a cease-and-desist letter the following day. The letter stated, “[a]s you are or should be aware, Ms. Fenty has not provided her consent to Mr. Trump to use her music. Such use is therefore improper.” It continued by noting, “Trump’s unauthorized use of Ms. Fenty’s music… creates a false impression that Ms. Fenty is affiliated with, connected or otherwise, associated with Trump.”
Furthermore, it has been reported that President Trump has utilized the song at numerous rallies. This includes last Thursday at a rally in Missouri.
Rihanna isn’t the first to send a cease-and-desist letter. Other artists like Pharrell, Guns N Roses, Rolling Stones, and the estate of Prince have all asked the president to stop using their work.