Rolling Stones threaten to sue Donald Trump over use of songs

Brenda Watkins
June 28, 2020

"If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists, then he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed", The Rolling Stones said in a statement published on

The band issued a statement on Saturday (June 27) saying they're working with performing rights organization BMI to stop what they called the "unauthorized" use of their music.

It's also threatened a lawsuit if the president continues using the song without a licence.

No be only Rolling Stone dey vex for Trump campaign use of dem songs, earlier dis month, anoda rock start Tom petty family comot to give cease and desist letter to di campaign ova di use of im song I Won't Back Down for di Tulsa rally.

The band has appointed performing rights organisation BMI to try to stop him using the song, according to a statement given to USA website, Deadline, overnight Saturday.

The same song was used by the Trump campaign during the 2016 U.S. election.

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"The Rolling Stones do not endorse Donald Trump", The Stones, which includes musicians like Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, had tweeted from their official Twitter account in 2016.

The 1969 classic You Can't Always Get What You Want was a popular song for his events.

The music rights organization BMI provides licenses for venues to play a broad array of music and has a catalog of more than 15 million songs that can be played at political events.

"This could be the last time Trump uses any Jagger/Richards songs on his campaigns", concluded the statement. Brendon Urie soon followed with a strongly worded statement condemning Trump's use of the Panic! at the Disco song "High Hopes" at the same rally.

Left unaddressed, as it has been since Trump began using "You Can't Always Get What You Want" at the end of his campaign speeches in 2016, is what message the candidate even intends to send with a song whose very title expresses the thought that expectations should be tempered.

Grammy Award-winning musician Neil Young lashed out at Trump in 2018 after hearing one of his songs played against his wishes during Trump's pre-midterm campaign rallies.

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