Donald Trump launched his campaign with "Rockin' In The Free World"

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Neil Young had criticised US Presidential candidate Donald Trump for using his song, “Rockin’ In The Free World“, apparently without consent.

Yesterday [June 16, 2015], Republican Trump announced he would run for President, using Young’s 1989 track to launch his campaign.

Rolling Stone reports that Young’s management company, Lookout, immediately issued a statement criticising Trump’s use of the song.

“Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” said the statement. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”

A spokesman for Trump replied, “Through a license agreement with [performance-rights organization] ASCAP, Mr. Trump’s campaign paid for and obtained the legal right to use Neil Young’s recording of ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ at today’s event. Mr. Trump is a huge fan of Neil Young and his music and will continue to be regardless of Neil’s political views.”

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