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Queen object to Trump's use of song

Associated Press Associated Press 19/07/2016

Queen says they don't want Donald Trump using their music and the classic rock band's publishing company says Trump has not asked for permission to use the group's songs.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which administers Queen's catalogue, said a statement on Tuesday they have repeatedly asked Trump not to use the song We Are the Champions, which he played on Monday during the first day of the Republican National Convention.

Last month, Queen guitarist Brian May also wrote a blog post protesting the use of the song by the Trump campaign.

"Sony/ATV Music Publishing has never been asked by Mr Trump, the Trump campaign or the Trump Organization for permission to use 'We are the Champions' by Queen. On behalf of the band, we are frustrated by the repeated unauthorised use of the song after a previous request to desist, which has obviously been ignored by Mr Trump and his campaign," the statement read.

Trump's representative did not respond to questions about the Sony/ATV complaint on Tuesday.

Queen also tweeted they were unhappy about Trump's use of the song on Tuesday: "An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes."

Before Melania Trump gave a speech in Cleveland at the RNC, Trump made a brief appearance to introduce her and walked onstage to Queen's 1977 hit song.

"Queen does not want its music associated with any mainstream or political debate in any country. Nor does Queen want 'We are the Champions" to be used as an endorsement of Mr Trump and the political views of the Republican Party," the statement continued.

"We trust, hope and expect that Mr Trump and his campaign will respect these wishes moving forward."

Other musicians, including the Rolling Stones, also have asked Trump to stop using their songs.

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.

Neil Young also objected when the real estate mogul used Rockin' in the Free World during his campaign kick-off announcement last year.

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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