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Queen object to Trump's use of song

Press AssociationPress Association 19/07/2016

British rock band Queen are not happy with Donald Trump's "unauthorised use" of one of their songs during his campaign to try to become the US President.

Their hit We Are The Champions was used to introduce Trump on stage to cheering crowds at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

In a statement, the band said: "An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes - Queen".

The song was played again when Trump's wife Melania stepped on stage to give a speech, which was later mired in controversy over claims that parts of it were plagiarised from Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

Queen are among a line-up of top-selling music stars who want to be off Trump's campaign playlist.

Adele's hits Rolling In The Deep and Skyfall were played at Trump's political rallies earlier this year, prompting her spokesman to point out she had not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning.

Lawyers for Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler have sent a cease and desist letter to Trump's campaign committee, which said Trump did "not have our client's permission to use Dream On", according to reports.

REM frontman Michael Stipe was furious after the band's song It's the End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) was played at a rally.

In an interview in September, he said: "Go f*** yourselves, the lot of you - you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign."

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