Adele says Trump does not have permission to use her music
Singer releases statement after US billionaire uses ‘Rolling in the Deep’ at rallies in Iowa
A statement from Adele’s spokesman said the singer has not authorised her music for use in any political campaign. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters/Files
British singer Adele made clear on Monday that she has not given permission for anyone to use her music for political campaigns.
Adele’s spokesman issued a statement after Republican US presidential contender Donald Trump played Adele’s 2011 hit Rolling in the Deep at rallies in Iowa, and Mike Huckabee released a YouTube parody last week of her 2015 single Hello.
“Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” the singer’s spokesman said in an email. The spokesman did not say whether Adele, whose new album 25 was the biggest seller in the United States last year, was contemplating legal steps to prevent the unauthorised use of her music.
Adele is far from the only pop or rock star to have seen politicians co-opt their music for political purposes.
Rock band R.E.M. lashed out in September at Trump for using the song, It’s the End of the World at a rally, and Frankie Sullivan complained about the use of the Survivor’s 1982 hit Eye of the Tiger, at a news conference in September featuring Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky briefly jailed for refusing to issue gay marriage licenses.