One of the biggest stars in music is off-limits to the Trump campaign after a cease-and-desist order was sent by music publisher BMI on behalf of Rihanna.
Rolling Stone reports that BMI, which handles Rihanna’s music publishing, “has anted up the singer’s efforts to keep the Trump campaign from using the singer’s music. The organization, Broadcast Music, Inc., sent a letter informing the campaign that it may no longer use her music. In the past, the campaign has been able to pay a blanket license to BMI that covers its use of any songs BMI administers at its events — part of an agreement formally known as the “Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. Political Entities License Agreement” — but now the company is saying Rihanna is no longer part of that deal.”
The letter, which was obtained by Rolling Stone, states: “BMI has received a communication from Robyn Fenty, professionally known as ‘Rihanna,’ objecting to the Trump Campaign’s use of Rihanna’s musical works. As such … this letter serves as notice that Rihanna’s musical works are excluded from [an agreement between BMI and the Trump Campaign for song usage], and any performance of Rihanna’s musical works by the Trump Campaign from this date forward is not authorized by BMI.”
The report notes that Rihanna sent her own cease-and-desist letter to the Trump campaign earlier this week after learning that one of her songs was played at a Trump rally in Tennessee.
Other artists including Aerosmith and Pharrell Williams have also recently objected to Trump’s use of their music.