Adele might not like it, but Trump can use her music

Donald Trump and Adele.
Donald Trump and Adele.

Donald Trump and Adele.


While waiting for Donald Trump to take the stage this week at a campaign rally in Exeter, New Hampshire, fans listened to a few hit songs by Adele, “Skyfall” and “Rolling in the Deep.”

That has apparently hit all the wrong notes with the British superstar: She has said she’d like Trump to quit playing her songs at political rallies.

“Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” said Benny Tarantini, an Adele spokesman.

But mega-best-selling Adele may not be able to stop The Donald here.

Legally, the Republican presidential candidate has paid for the right to blast pretty much any music he wishes, as long as he does it correctly.

“Mr. Trump’s campaign paid for and obtained the legal right to use these recordings,” said Hope Hicks, a Trump spokeswoman.

Copyright experts say campaigns don’t need an artist’s permission to play their songs at rallies as long as the political organization or the venue has gotten what’s known as a blanket license from the performing rights organizations ASCAP and BMI.

The license isn’t for a single artist but for all the music in the licensing group’s repertoire, which is staggering. ASCAP represents over 10 million musical works from over 525,000 songwriters and composers. BMI represents 10.5 million musical works created by more than 700,000 songwriters. The license is for the right to perform the song publicly.


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