Rumor has it Adele isn’t happy about Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE using her music on the campaign trail.
A spokesman for the chart-topping “Hello” songstress tells the BBC that Adele hasn’t signed off “for her music to be used for any political campaigning.”
The 27-year-old entertainer's song “Rolling in the Deep” was heard blasting through the loudspeakers at Trump’s veterans’ rally last week, which was hastily organized after the White House hopeful declared he would be skipping the Fox News Channel presidential debate. The 2011 song has been a Trump rally staple for weeks, though the singer “has not given permission” for its use.
The comments had no immediate effect on the Trump campaign: "Rolling in the Deep" was heard Monday as Trump left a rally the day of the Iowa caucus.
It’s not the first time the Trump campaign’s taste in tunes has appeared to clash with musical artists.
After Trump launched his presidential bid in June by playing the 1989 hit, “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World,” Neil Young’s manager declared the move was “not authorized” by the musician. Young called himself a “longtime supporter” of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler’s legal team also demanded Trump forgo playing “Dream On” at campaign events. A cease-and-desist letter sent last year said use of the ballad “gives the false impression that [Tyler] is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump’s presidential bid.”
One of Tyler’s attorneys said in a statement to the Associated Press that the decision was not “political” or “a personal issue with Mr. Trump,” but rather a copyright one.
R.E.M. also requested that Trump stop playing their 1987 smash “It’s the End of the World as we Know it (and I Feel Fine)” last September.