The 1969 CCR hit is the latest addition to an incongruous and evolving playlist that Trump’s campaign has developed for his rallies and speeches. In May, Trump’s team played “Live and Let Die,” by Guns N’ Roses, as he toured a factory manufacturing masks at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
âPolitically active artists want to express their opinions through their art but they also want to help affect change when they get the chance, and an election is a great opportunity. Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal. “Both the late Tom Petty and his family stand against racism and discrimination of any kind,” the family said in a statement. “Well, that’s exactly what happened in Lafayette Park when the president decided to take a walk across the park, he cleared out the area using federal troops so that he could stand in front of St. John’s Church with a Bible.”. Like Lovato, artists spanning genres from jazz to hip-hop have felt the urge to contribute to the discourse surrounding a potential Trump second-term. “There is a provision, however, that allows BMI to exclude musical works from the license if a songwriter or publisher objects to its use by a campaign,” BMI said in a statement. Live N' Let Die...https://t.co/RvvMnTyJxt pic.twitter.com/wdgzra3S5h. In addition to the Stones, Neil Young and the estate of Tom Petty and have publicly objected to the Trump campaign dipping into their catalogs. Updates with earlier comments from Victor Willis, Georgia Secretary of State Isolates After Wife's Virus Test, New York’s Max Rose Loses Re-Election to House; Republican Pickup, Pennsylvania Court Tosses Some Mail-In Ballots With ID Fixes, Trump’s GOP Wall Cracks a Bit Over Biden Intelligence Briefings. Itâs been a growing trend during this election cycle for celebrities (including musicians) to use their platforms to implore the importance of voting out Trump. “Tom Petty would never want a song used for a campaign of hate.”. “It’s a song I could have written now, and so I find it confusing, I would say, that the president has chosen to use my song for his political rallies when in fact, it seems like he is probably the fortunate son,” Fogerty said in a video posted on Instagram. âWith Black Lives Matter and then Trump, the last six years have been another period when artists are rewarded for addressing political concerns because audiences demand it.â. And when Trump resumed his campaign rallies in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June, following the pandemic shutdown, his choice of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” sparked a cease-and-desist notice from the singer’s family. Trump taking office has inspired a number of songs directly dissing the 45th president. As for the president’s use, I have not granted permission for use at his rallies because permission is not required,” the statement read. While we have to wait until all the votes are counted to know the full effect of anti-Trump anthems like Lovatoâs âCommander in Chief,â her music video has already racked up more than 6 million views on YouTube, proving people are definitely listening. The Trump campaign has a “Political Entities License” with BMI, a music rights management company, that authorizes use of millions of songs, according to a BMI spokesperson. “The very first lines of ‘Fortunate Son’ is, some folks are born to wave the flag, oh they’re red white and blue, but when the band plays ‘Hail to the Chief,’ they point the cannon at you,” Fogerty said. Have a confidential tip for our reporters? But Fogerty stopped short of asking that Trump stop using the song. From YGâs âFuck Donald Trumpâ to Fiona Appleâs âTiny Hands,â musicians have not been quiet about their views of the president. And as Americans got ready to cast their ballots, musicians increasingly stepped up to the mic. The Rolling Stones filed such an objection.
The band responded by trolling Trump with a new t-shirt.
( Updates with earlier comments from Victor Willis ) Published on September 11, 2020, 3:50 PM EDT After its release last month, she added on Instagram, âI literally donât care if this ruins my career.â. The Trump campaign and White House didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. But he should at least do the ‘YMCA’ dance while he’s at it.”. Trump’s music choices have regularly raised eyebrows. His rally mainstay is the patriotic tune “God Bless the U.S.A.,” by Lee Greenwood, who occasionally appears at the events to sing it live. The rock band Guns N’ Roses has mocked Trump for using one of their songs. ‘F*** Donald Trump’ song tops charts after Biden wins election. The Democratic convention made liberal use of Bruce Springsteen songs and featured a number of hit artists, including performances by singers Billie Eilish, Jennifer Hudson, Leon Bridges and John Legend and the rapper Common. Please help us get our song just produced with great love for our president Donald Trump, let it be played in all the halls of all the government buildings in DC and all throughout the free world! But Fogerty stopped short of asking that Trump stop using the song. âIf I did the things you do, I couldn't sleep/ Seriously, do you even know the truth?â sings Lovato on her track âCommander in Chiefâ taking direct aim at Trump. Now, since the pandemic has cancelled most live events, songs have become a way to reach potential voters. As for Fogerty, he said in his statement that Trump’s June march across Lafayette Square, across from the White House, to hold a Bible in front of a church damaged in police brutality protests was emblematic of the kind of people “Fortunate Son” was intended to criticize. Trump had played “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at the conclusion of his rallies until June. According to Dorian Lynskey, music critic and author of 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, songs about the countryâs current events started gaining popularity again during the Ferguson uprisings in 2014, with tracks like Kendrick Lamarâs âAlrightâ becoming the anthem of the Black Lives Matter movement. “Some folks are born, silver spoon in hand. Trump 2020 (Official Theme Song) - Ice, Ice, Agents - YouTube “If I were a Trump hater maybe I’d sue him simply out of spite,” it added. And as Americans got ready to cast their ballots, musicians increasingly stepped up to the mic. Democrat Joe Biden does not hold large campaign rallies, drawing less attention to his playlists. âThis is a period in which the discourse around music is intensely political and major pop stars arenât shying away from expressing their views,â explained Lynskey over email. The song is from 2016, but it resonated with Biden supporters in 2020 Young sued the president’s campaign after it played one of his songs at rallies, noting he’d objected since 2015 to Trump’s use of his catalog. Lord, don’t they help themselves, y’all,” the song goes, later adding in the chorus: “I ain’t no millionaire’s son, no, no.”. The musical choices for Trump’s events suggest he’s a creature of habit: the same songs are generally played over and over, whether at a campaign rally or a presidential event.
It doesnât necessarily pay off â Marvin Gaye and Neil Young both released anti-Nixon songs during the 1972 campaign and Nixon won in a landslide â but itâs a great focal point,â said Lynskey. “YMCA is everybody’s anthem and go-to song for fun. President Donald Trump arrived at a rally in Michigan on Thursday to the Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Fortunate Son” -- a curious choice for a wealthy heir who avoided the Vietnam draft by receiving five medical deferrals. ‘YMCA’ replaced Rolling Stones hit after band’s legal threat, Tom Petty and Neil Young have also objected to song use, Trump Calls Woodward Book 'Political Hit Job'. âAn election is one of the few times that a song can actually have a practical impact.â. So, itâs not surprising that the most contentious election in a generation has spawned a slew of new Trump takedowns from Demi Lovato to De La Soul. "Fire 45 and Mike Pence/ 'Cause it don't make sense (Get 'em outta here)/ We need a better alternative," raps the legendary hip-hop trioâs lyrics. While some tracks take a more abstract approach to broaching Trumpâs presidency like Mick Jaggerâs track âPride Before a Fallâ others like De La Soulâs âRemove 45â are blatant pleas to unseat the president. “I am not, and I’m not going to have my lawyers sue the president. Lately, Trump’s been leaving the stage to the 1970s disco hit “YMCA” by the Village People -- and the president has even been seen almost, but not quite, dancing to the tune. It caught the attention of the songwriter, John Fogerty, who said Friday that he found it confounding that Trump -- of all people -- would play the song at his events. Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Freeland, Michigan, on Sept. 10. The Village People’s Victor Willis, who wrote “YMCA,” asked Trump in a June Facebook post to stop using the group’s songs, including “YMCA” and “Macho Man.” But a spokesperson for the band, in a Friday statement attributed to Willis, raised no objection. The Rolling Stones even threatened to sue the campaign for using “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” as exit music at rallies. The past four years have been filled with plenty of anti-Trump anthems. Trump taking office has inspired a number of songs directly dissing the 45th president. Covid Superspreader Risk Is Linked to Restaurants, Gyms, Hotels, China-Anchored Free-Trade Zone, World’s Biggest, Nearly Done, Target Is Reopening Its Looted Store With Black Shoppers in Mind, Deep-Freeze Hurdle Makes Pfizer’s Vaccine One for the Rich, Stocks Slump on Lockdown Angst Amid Stimulus Limbo: Markets Wrap. The campaign replaced it. And Fogerty’s reaction to the campaign’s choice of “Fortunate Son” adds to the controversy surrounding Trump’s musical score, which has at times been altered after artists have objected to him borrowing their songs. While the tradition of political songs dates back centuries, in recent years the music industry has further entwined itself with the democratic process through initiatives like Rock The Vote and HeadCount, which has heavily relied on concerts and festivals to register voters.
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