Trump’s team promised last year they would stop using the artist’s music
In 2018, lawyers representing Trump signed a written agreement promising not to use Prince music for campaign rallies after The Prince Estate discovered ‘Purple Rain’ was on playlists for his mid-term rallies: “Without admitting liability, and to avoid any future dispute, we write to confirm that the Campaign will not use Prince’s music in connection with its activities going forward”, they said in the letter, which The Prince Estate has shared on Twitter.
But despite their promise, the Trump team has been caught out using the song once more. “President Trump played Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ tonight at a campaign event in Minneapolis despite confirming a year ago that the campaign would not use Prince’s music,” the estate tweeted on Thursday. “The Prince Estate will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs”.
Trump nor his team have responded to the message as yet.
Prince isn’t the first artist the US President has been barred from playing at rallies. The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Tom Petty, and Aerosmith have all spoken out against the use of their music, even Rihanna found herself having to disassociate herself after the use of “Please Don’t Stop the Music” at a rally in November 2018.
Watch a video of ‘Purple Rain’ being played at the rally below: