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10 artists who protested Trump’s usage of their music

Pharrell's in good company.

October 30, 2018

Following the tragic synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh this weekend, Trump remained his predictably clueless self by holding rallies that prominently blasted Pharrell’s feel-good hit “Happy,”  with the singer having an appropriately disgusted reaction to his song’s inappropriate usage.

In a statement from his attorney Howard King, Trump was met with demands from Pharrell’s camp to immediately cease with the disrespectful usage of his music, with King stating that “Pharrell has not, and will not, grant you permission to publicly perform or otherwise broadcast or disseminate any of his music,” before ripping into the President’s questionable musical choices: “On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana. There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”

Though this might be the most egregious and scathing example of Trump misusing music from artists and garnering their disapproval, it’s far from the first, with everyone from Adele to Aerosmith stopping the President in his tracks from continuing to use their music for his platform. We’ve highlighted 10 major artists who Pharrell joins as those who’ve protested Trump using their music.

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